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National Student/Parent Mock Election

The JFK Library is the host site for the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) for Massachusetts. This voter education program is held every two years to actively engage students in grades K-12 in state and national campaigns, and emphasize the importance of voting and the power of their ballots.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Online Resources: Campaigns and Elections

These resources from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website bring the excitement and energy of the 1960 campaign and election into your classroom.

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Federal Budget Simulation Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, high school students debate our nation’s priorities by establishing their own “simulated” federal budgets. After analyzing the FY 2015 discretionary budget, students will be asked to design a FY 2016 budget with a group of their peers. Through the simulation, students will learn the importance of the budgeting process and that decisions concerning how our government spends its money form the basis of most national government policy.

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Make a Difference Award

Make a Difference Award

Every year the Kennedy Presidential Library recognizes up to 100 middle school students from across Massachusetts for the difference they have made in their communities through service projects. The award is given to students who are nominated by teachers, principals and other community leaders for contributions they have made to their neighborhood, town or community.

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Make a Difference Award

Make a Difference Award

What is the Make a Difference Award?

Every year the Kennedy Library recognizes up to 100 middle school students from across Massachusetts with the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award for the impact they have made in their communities through service projects. 

The award is given to students who are nominated by teachers or principals for contributions they have made to their neighborhood, town or community. 

Projects for which students received awards in previous years include helping fellow students with disabilities, working at local food pantries and senior centers, organizing recycling projects, raising funds for autism and childhood cancer research, and fundraising for children in Uganda and Haiti.

Who is Eligible?

All middle school students (grades 6-8) participating in unique community service projects are eligible. School personnel should give special consideration to students who have distinguished themselves through their service work. Awards will be given to the first 100 names submitted. Previous award winners are not eligible.

How May I Submit a Nomination?

NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you.

Teachers, principals and other community leaders may submit nominations via:
★ Online Nomination Form
★ Hard copy mailer sent to middle schools. (You may photocopy the form in the mailer and may submit the names of up to 2 students from your school via fax (617.514.1652) or US Mail.)
★ Email to jane.lindsay@nara.gov

When is the Submission Deadline?

NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you. The first 100 students identified will receive confirmation and an invitation to attend the 2015 Award Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

When is the 2015 Ceremony?

The 2015 Award Ceremony was held on Thursday, April 9, at 4:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Library in Boston. Each award winner received a personalized “Make a Difference” award certificate in recognition of their service project.

Questions?

For additional information, please call 617-514-1654 or send an email to jane.lindsay@nara.gov. Thank you.