TEACH A LESSON ABOUT VOTING THIS ELECTION DAY! YOUR VOTE MATTERS, AND, SOMEDAY, YOUR KID’S WILL TOO!
The 2020 presidential election is heating up, but Election Day 2019 still requires citizens’ voices to decide the fate of their cities, counties, states, and judgeships. As the U.S. enjoys a relatively quiet election day on Tuesday, Nov. 5, use the opportunity to teach your children about their civic duty and the power of voting. FOR THE YOUNG KIDDOS There’s no reason why children can’t be involved in local elections. Let your kids tag along to the voting area, and ask for help from city workers and local representatives to answer your kids’ questions. You can even set up your own family election by holding a vote over what to have for dinner or where the next family vacation should be located. If you’re looking for bedtime books to feed their curiosity, try out fun reads like “O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words” by Sheila Keenan. Various websites, like KidsVotingUSA.org, also have ample resources for educators and families. FOR NEW VOTERS Turning 18 comes with the newfound responsibility of voting for our country’s leaders, and, for new voters, the system, ballots, and restrictions can be confusing. Start by walking your teen
through the registration process, which can be done in person at your municipality’s office or online at USA.gov or Vote. org. Next, talk with your teen about what’s at stake in
the upcoming election. Be careful not to seed your language with opinions so your teen can develop their own
view. Direct them to resources like Ballotpedia.org, where they can find information, practice voting, and see local sample ballots. And, of course, when Election Day rolls around, celebrate their first vote! DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOU! Voting is a right and privilege that comes with U.S. citizenship. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard. Learn more about your local election by visiting Ballotpedia.org or contacting your municipality, and be sure to register to vote if you haven’t already. Remember, your kids learn by watching what you do, not just by listening to what you say. Inspire them to get involved and, when the time comes, exercise their right to vote!
MEET MANNY SIGUENZA THE MAN BEHIND OUR PERSONAL INJURY DEPARTMENT
In the nearly three years he’s worked for us, Manny Siguenza has pulled double duty, building our personal injury department from the ground up while also earning his bachelor’s in criminal justice from Georgia Highlands College. For most people, just one of those tasks would be overwhelming, but Manny has done an incredible job with both. With his guidance, our personal injury department has grown from a single man to nearly 30 employees and even won Personal Injury Department of the Year — and we can’t thank him enough for enabling us to help so many more clients. To hear him tell it, the road to success was an uphill battle. “It was extremely difficult,” Manny says. “It was hard because I wanted to make sure everything was running efficiently, without any terminations, and make sure our clients got what they needed. That’s why I’d stay 12–14 hours every day. In 2017, I took three days off.” Because of his dedication, Manny was promoted to personal injury director. He now oversees the whole department, training new employees, and making
sure every client is matched with the best possible representation. He says that, ultimately, making a difference in the lives of those clients is what really matters. “Being able to help our clients through this settlement is definitely what it’s all about. [...] I think that a lot of people, they come in here as clients, but they leave as friends and family members. That’s how we see it. And the reason people refer clients to us when they leave is we take care of them,” he says. When he isn’t working, Manny likes to go for hour-long runs and spend time with his friends and family. Though his mind is always churning, he makes an effort to wind down each week. “Even weekends, I’m still working, but I think it’s very important to take time and step away from work, then come back next week and give it all you’ve got,” he said.
Manny, you give it your all every day. Thank you for everything you do!
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