District Elementary School Students Participate In Mock Presidential Vote


Elizabeth Avenue School teacher Kim DeSarno shows students how to use the online voting computer at the Nov. 1 “All Kids Vote” event.

The school district’s elementary students on Nov. 1 got a taste of what it’s like to vote for the president.

The students participated in “All Kids Vote,” a mock voting program.

Students voted either online or through paper ballots, said district spokeswoman Mary Clark.

In Elizabeth Avenue School, excited students lined up by class outside of the library, ready to czar their vote.

Inside, a series of laptop computers – protected by barriers so the votes were private – were waiting for the students to cast their ballots.

The students had been preparing for this day from nearly the beginning of school, said Elizabeth Avenue principal John Haney.

“They’ve all done some research on the candidates,” he said.

Haney said the students were “definitely excited” about the exercise.

The students want to learn about the presidential election,” he said. “We think it’s been a great initiative.”

The research conducted by the students was differentiated by grade level, he said.2016-mock-vote-4

Several Elizabeth Avenue 3rd Graders said they enjoyed the program.

“It gives us a chance to think of who you want to vote for,” said Samiya Hill.”I enjoyed it because certain kids don’t get a chance to vote like us.”

Simply voting “for the person you wanted to be president” made the program worthwhile for Jayden Bosmedianl.

“Some of us hoped that the person we hoped can be president,” he said.

Miakeyla Jones said the experience is making her wish she could vote for real.

“I learned that you can only pick one president, but whoever the president is, you should be grateful you have them,” she said.


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