The Peanuts and the Gang always amaze me with the great things they do and that is why I love being a Peanuts Ambassador. Well, they have done it again just in time for the election with the Peanuts “Rock the Vote” Campaign. This calls for everyone old enough to vote to get involved by casting a ballot of which Peanuts character you would want for President and then register to vote in the real fall election right from the website. To do this just visit PeanutsRocktheVote.com and follow the instructions. Be sure to check out the “Rock the Vote” merchandise while you are visiting the website where you can pick up some fun Peanuts and the Gang election merchandise for the whole family.
So you may know the actress-singer Nikki DeLoach who plays the mom on MTV’s show “Awkward” but I remember her when she was on the Mickey Mouse Club. Yes, I am showing my age but super excited to announce that she is partnering up with Peanuts “Rock the Vote” campaign to help promote it and us Peanuts Ambassador’s got a chance to interview her. Check it out!
Q: Tell us about the Peanuts Rocks the Vote campaign.
Nikki DeLoach: This is a partnership between Peanuts and Rock the Vote, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that’s been encouraging and helping young people to register to vote since 1990.
When you go to Peanuts Rocks the Vote dot com, you’ll find a mock presidential election going on among the Peanuts characters: Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and Franklin. You can read their bios and their platforms, and then you can vote for your favorite.
Then, right there on the website, there’s a button that says “Register,” and when you click on that, Rock the Vote will help you register to vote in your location.
Q: And why is Peanuts doing this?
Nikki DeLoach: Politics has been a recurring theme in the Peanuts comic strip for decades—Charles Schulz often had the characters running for president during actual presidential election years. He even had Lucy talking about wanting to be the first female president!
So Schulz believed in our democratic system, and Peanuts wanted to play their part by helping people register to vote. But of course, they do it with a unique Peanuts flair!
Q: I know a lot of celebrities—including yourself!—have taped fun PSAs promoting the Peanuts election and the Peanuts Rocks the Vote campaign. What made you want to do one?
Nikki DeLoach: I just feel that it’s such a privilege to be a citizen of this country, and part of the deal is that we participate in the election process. I know sometimes people, especially young people, feel that their vote doesn’t count or doesn’t matter, but of course that’s absolutely not true! It’s so important that everyone use their voice and their vote. And this was such a fun way to get that message out!
Q: In addition, there are educational materials for teachers and activities for kids grades K through 8. Can you describe in more detail?
Nikki DeLoach: Yes, there are materials that provide a fun way to get children involved with the issues of elections, campaign promises, polling, and candidate platforms.
The curriculum specialists at Young Minds Inspired created three lesson-planning guides for grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade; three through five, and six through eight. Copies are going out to thousands of schools nationwide. There’s also a DVD of the Peanuts television special, You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown that parents and teachers can use as a fun teaching tool about elections.
Q: And finally, I know the Schulz Museum has two special election-themed exhibits on display right now. Can you talk about those?
Nikki DeLoach: One is called Snoopy Presents: Lucky Dogs and Presidential Pets, and it features photos and fun facts about presidential pets. The other exhibition is called Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington, which focuses on the intersection of politics with Charles Schulz and Peanuts.
It’s A Giveaway!
Thanks to my friends at Peanuts as they are offering one lucky reader a chance to win a Peanuts Rock the Vote Prize Pack that includes one of four different styles of an official “Peanuts Rocks the Vote” t-shirt (sizes 2T for kids to adults X-Large), Snoopy for President book & You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown DVD. Winner can choose shirt and size, subject to availability. To enter just use the form below. Giveaway open to US residents 18+. Giveaway ends October 5, 2016. Good Luck!
Disclosure: I was given the product featured in this post as part of being a Peanuts Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own.