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Michelle Obama is rewarding high schools who have registered students to vote with a national virtual prom, Black Enterprise reports.
Earlier this year, Obama teamed up with When We All Vote and MTV to announce the “My School Votes” challenge, a grant competition for high schools committed to enrolling voters in their communities. Schools from California to Philly all signed up to get in on the competition, doing everything they could to boost voter registration.
This week, the Forever First Lady surprised students at the winning schools on a Zoom call, announcing their victory and inviting them to a national virtual “Prom-athon.” With school closings and proms canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, what better way to celebrate the grassroot efforts of students committed to civic engagement.
The “Prom-athon” is an all day event that will air on MTV. The broadcast will feature prom themed movies, original content highlighting the schools and students involved, and a party featuring performances from various celebrities.
Schools were really committed and this is a great way to acknowledge all of their hard work. Some of the winning schools include Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, DC who worked to register 100% of their senior class and Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona who invited actress Natalie Portman out to help boost voter registration.
“I’m so proud of these students, who each registered their classmates and community to vote. These are the kind of actions that make all the difference,” Obama said in a post on social media.
The "Prom-athon" airs May 22nd on MTV.
Congratulations to all the students involved and the Class of 2020! Thanks First Lady!
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