Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Students around the state participated Monday in small forums on how they can be a part of our democratic process.
"Well, you have to study a lot. It's hard just a little bit," Kirsten Whitaker said.
For Bradley Elementary 4th grader, Kirsten, learning about U.S. Government can be a lot on her plate.
But iCivics Day is taking Kirsten and her classmates out of the books and into the community.
"The political process isn't scary and there's a lot that they can do, what's so great about our system of government is that there's a place for everyone and it's not just government by the few," Attorney Alexis Lindsay said.
Lindsay was one of the volunteers who presented at Bradley.
Even though the students aren't eligible to vote, they're old enough to learn.
"A lot of young people don't feel like the government is accessible to them and so we're just trying to explain that the democratic process is accessible and there's a lot of ways you can get involved other than just voting," Lindsay said.
Attorney Allison Sullivan also presented and says getting the kids engaged is crucial.
"If you develop a habit or an interest and a passion for civic engagement at an early age I think those are behaviors that you're going to continue throughout the course of your lifetime," Sullivan said.
Many students get their political knowledge from their text books, but Sullivan says we all should take part in the conversation.
"It's not the government's role to educate our children, it's all of our roles because we got to take ownership of our communities and make sure the next generation of Americans is in a better place than we are right now," Sullivan said.
Volunteers from all over the state talked to over 5,700 students.
iCivics was started by former supreme court justice Sandra Day O'Connor and concentrates on interactive, web-based civics education.
For more information, check out www.iCivics.org.