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Culver City Kids Put Council Candidates On Hot Seat

 

February 25, 2016

Elementary, Middle and High School students will question Culver City City Council candidates at a special "Ask 2 Know Kids Forum" on Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30 pm 8 pm.

For nearly 25 years television personality Art Linkletter hosted a show where he interviewed children and shared their often surprising responses. Well, kids ask the darndest things too. There's a freedom from adult conventions that enables children to pose uniquely probing questions that can unsettle even professional politicians.

Culver City kids will have that opportunity when they face the seven candidates who are running for city council at the 'Ask 2 Know Kids Forum' on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:45 pm in West LA College's Fine Arts Theatre – on the West LA College campus at 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City. (doors will open at 6 pm).

Only students will be allowed to ask questions – they will write some beforehand in their classes and put others directly to the candidates live at the forum. Students can also submit questions ahead of time to 'Ask 2 Know' producer Michelle Mayans via mmayans@kidscoopmedia.org.

Mayans provides a sneak peak of some questions that have already been submitted: "Are you in favor or against the CCPD being required to use body cameras?" or "Would you fight on behalf of the citizens suffering from severe noise pollution from jets flying to LAX more frequently and at lower altitudes?"

All Culver City students are invited to attend. There is no RSVP or ticket purchase required – the audience will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free refreshments including La Rocco's and Pieology pizza will be served, combined with a "Sodapalooza" tasting with sodas from around the world. In addition, 200 Pieology gift cards will be given out to Culver City kids who attend the Ask 2 Know kid forum and turn in a paragraph about the event.

'Ask 2 Know' is the brainchild of event producer Michelle Mayans, who came up with the idea after attending School Board candidate forums that she felt were neglecting the very people most affected by the School Board election – the students.

Mayans held the first 'Ask 2 Know' during the 2011 CCUSD School Board race, and most recently for the 2015 School Board race. The past events were so popular that Mayans decided to hold the first 'Ask 2 Know' event with council candidates.

Mayans' Kid Scoop Media company produces the 'Ask 2 Know' forums and other events that bring students together with celebrities, athletes, politicians, authors, musicians, including interviews with President Obama and Vice President Biden. These one-of-a-kind opportunities give children exposure to enriching life experiences, positive role models, and the chance to express themselves and shape their future.

Teachers or students interested in participating in an 'Ask 2 Know' event can email Michelle Mayans at mmayans@kidscoopmedia.org. For more information, visit http://www.kidscoopmedia.org.

 

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