May 2018 Scharfman Grants Awarded to Three Local Leagues

Three local Leagues received Daniel Scharfman Citizen Education grants in May 2018:

LWV Central Berkshire: LWV Central Berkshire plans to register at least 100 students within the four high schools they have identified. They plan to present students with a voter registration tool kit and personalized pens/styluses. They are also designing a button specifically for teens and first-time voters.

LWV Westford:  This League printed an updated version of “A Guide to Running for Local Office”  in early March of this year. The booklet includes a piece on making the decision to run, a listing of elected boards with their descriptions, instructions on filing Nomination Papers, suggestions about campaign activities and publicity, dates to remember, and even a chart of Westford Town Government. It is an invaluable reference for those considering a run for office in Westford, and builds citizen participation in the democratic process.

LWV Winchester: For every federal, state and local election, the Winchester League hangs a large banner in a highly visible location, a bridge in Winchester Center. It reminds people to vote, shows the election date, and has their name and logo. The Town of Winchester charges $100 each time the banner is hung. LWV Winchester also pays to have the banner altered to show the appropriate election date. And, finally, due to weather-related wear and tear, the banner has had to be repaired twice this year, including patches and replacement/reinforcing of the grommets.