Former President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94

George Herbert Walker Bush died Friday at the age of 94.

George W. Bush released a statement, saying for himself and his siblings, “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died.”

Local Teens Share Hopes & Concerns for the Country

Students in Carrie Tracey’s English classes at Union-Endicott School District’s Tiger Ventures spent the fall semester discussing critical issues facing their community and the nation. Their ideas went into a writing assignment, part of Letters to the Next President 2.0, a project aimed at engaging youth ages 13-18 across the U.S.


Listen to this audio postcard produced by WSKG’s Sarah Gager, which highlights some of the ideas and voices of Tiger Ventures students that participated in Letters to the Next President 2.0.  

This visual slideshow offers additional insight into the experience that these local students had including diversity of expression – through full letters, photos, graphics, and focus statements – crafted by and with the students. Interested in trying something similar in your classroom? Check out this project overview and modify as needed.

Dear Future President… Sincerely, Tiger Ventures School

Letters to the Next President is a nationwide, non-partisan writing project which allows us a little insight into what’s on the minds of America’s young people. 8th and 9th graders at Tiger Ventures school in Endicott recorded their letters. These are some of their questions and concerns for the next president. Read more letters from the students at Tiger Ventures here.

What Do Youth Have to Say to the Next President?

Letters to the Next President 2.0 engages and connects young people, aged 13–18, as they research, write, and make media to voice their opinions on issues that matter to them in the coming election. While candidates and media concentrated on issues that mattered to voters in the 2016 election season, teachers and students in our nation’s schools will concentrated on issues that matter to the next generation of voters. Check out the national archive of youth voices that contributed to Letters to the Next President. Interested in trying this in your classroom? If your students had 60 seconds to tell the next president of the United States about an issue they care about, what would they say? Note: This lesson plan is adapted from the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs curriculum.

Collection of PBS Resources Help Students Navigate the Election Season

Presenting You Choose 2016 from PBS KIDS Digital, which introduces kids to non-partisan, democracy-related topics through interactive exploration and video. Kids can create their own campaign posters about  anything they care about, collect presidential trading cards of past U.S. Presidents and First Ladies and watch videos that focus on important issues relevant to them! PBS KIDS Digital has also curated a “Get to Know a President a Day” YouTube playlist to lead up to the election with content from LearningMedia. The video clips provide an overview about each President of the United States in just 60 seconds. PBS Education has created Election Central featuring tools, resources and creative solutions to educate your students on the various facets of the political process.