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Campaign Speeches for Kids 
 
by Alice Simpson May 26, 2005

Serving on your school's student government can be a great way to improve your school, but making the campaign speeches can be nerve-wracking. Here are some tips on how to write and present an effective campaign speech.

Is there something happening (or not happening) at your school that really bugs you? Do something about it! By getting involved in your school's student government, you can make a significant impact on your school's policies. Now, you might be thinking, "Oh, great, I can't run for office. I can't make all those speeches." Trust me, if you are really passionate about an issue, the speeches won't be hard.

The First Step

The first thing you have to do is identify the problem. Maybe you don't like the food in the cafeteria or the fact that the basketballs in the gym never have any air in them. Maybe you think the dress code is too strict. Or maybe it's a bigger issue, like the fact that gangs are causing problems in your school. Whatever it is, you CAN do something about it.

After you've identified the problem, you have to convince the rest of the school that you're right and that you can help find a solution. To be convincing, you've got to offer reasonable solutions; nobody believes extravagant promises. For example, if you don't like the food, you can't promise to have pizza delivered everyday, but you can promise to work with the school administrators to help plan better menus or buy better equipment to keep the food hot. You can't promise to get the gangs out of your neighborhood, but you can promise to work with local authorities to keep gang symbols, graffiti, and weapons out of your school.

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