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Granville students, teachers run to inspire voters

Posted August 21, 2008
Updated October 12, 2011

— While many of their friends were on vacation this summer, six students and two teachers from Granville Central High School went on a long jog across the country.

The students and teachers traveled to the 48 contiguous states on a “Run to Vote” drive to register voters and get those already registered to pledge to vote.

In the non-partisan drive, the group ran a lap for every person promising to cast a ballot in November.

More than 6,100 people pledge to vote by signing the group’s banner. More than 430 people registered to vote for the first time.

The group ran 693 miles.

For junior Ian Morris, the running was easy. It was learning how to talk to strangers about voting that was tough.

“It’s just something that hadn’t really clicked in me. I was scared of the unknown, but I found out the unknown could be great,” he said.

Teachers Jonathan Williams and Diane Hineline spent some of their own money to finance the trip. Hineline purchased a van, which suffered a few break downs along the way.

“I guess the biggest thing that happened is the transmission went out in Washington state,” she said. “We were as far away from home as we could possibly be.”

Through the kindness of strangers, they got back on the road with a rebuilt transmission.

As the students and teachers returned to school, the small group said they think the 6,000-plus signatures will make a big difference.

“I mean, hey, Florida was decided by less than that. I think we definitely made a difference,” Williams said. “I’m a civics teacher, and I couldn't have taught that in the classroom.”

The group is still taking donations on its Web site to help the teachers pay for some of the van's repairs.

"Run to Vote" members blogged about their trip on GOLO. Click here to read more.


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  • headlong Aug 22, 2008

    Thank You for another wonderful inspiring piece Kim Dean!!!

    This Team is a true inspiration!!! I am so proud of each and every one of them.

  • Dnut Aug 21, 2008

    "TOMM175","Its also a good way to put the new school and the little known Stem on the map!"
    That's the way we like it...we who have lived here all our lives don't want it on a map, or to be known! We want most of the people who have moved in the area to go back to where they came from! The taxes are currently being re-evaluated and we're going to get hit in the wallet...all because the real estate lobby, spent millions in commercials making people think the impact fee was a tax on home owners...what a lie! We like our quiet, decent wonderful stem, the farms and we know we've got great kids and teachers, and we want it to stay that way!

  • tomm175 Aug 21, 2008

    Nice job to the teachers, kids, and parents! Even though I don't get into the voting thing this is a very good experience for the kids and all involved. Its also a good way to put the new school and little known Stem on the map!

  • GranvilleRealtor Aug 21, 2008

    Every person has a voice and these students voiced theirs through their actions, a much more powerful method than words themselves. Congratulations to them for doing so, and to the teachers who supported them, stood behind them, and ran with them. To the parents of these students, be proud of their accomplishment and thank you for allowing them to make such a brave statement. I hope that everyone in North Carolina can be inspired by these amazing individuals!

  • Polar-Bear Aug 21, 2008

    What a great group of kids!! This will be an experience that they can tell their kids about someday. The coming home party was awesome!! Thanks for all the blogs and pics on your website. These kids are too young to vote but the impact that this experience will have on them may be life-long. Well done.

  • GODs Feisty Redneck Diva Aug 21, 2008

    What an awesome thing for our youth to do, and what awesome teachers you are! Great job by all, I was happy to make a donation. Thank you to the teachers AND to the students ....you are a ray of sunshine in a sometimes cruel place. So nice to see young people that CARE about this country and try to make a positive difference. Good news for a change - thanks WRAL! Thanks to the Granville students and teachers that participated in this!