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Kids Voting New York, a voter-education program for local kindergartners through 12th graders, is now offering a Hispanic curriculum, organizers of the bipartisan effort announced Wednesday.

"We are pleased to respond to the diversity of the Western New York community by offering our curriculum in Spanish," said Kids Voting New York director Molly Thompson.

Alberto J. del Valle, director of Hispanics United of Buffalo, said he believed "the Spanish language curriculum will help establish meaningful dialogue between parents and children and will help the entire family become engaged in our political system."

The Hispanic curriculum is a bilingual adaptation of the Kids Voting USA Curriculum, which offers a series of classroom and community activities meant to energize future voters.

The new, Hispanic curriculum will be used here in schools participating in the Kids Voting New York program.

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