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Students take part in mock elections

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Students at Jackson Township Elementary School go to vote in election booths at the school Tuesday.
Jackson Township Elementary School students have spoken.

John McCain should be president.

Approximately 300 of the JTES students took part in a mock election Tuesday morning at the school. Third-grade teacher Maggie Morlan spearheaded the election with help from volunteers.

"They came in and helped making the voting booths. It went very well," JTES Principal Jeff Fritz said.

Fritz said the school has always taken part in mock elections during an election year.

"It teaches the students about the election and our government," Fritz said. "That's real important for our school.

"The kids look forward to it. They think it's real neat."

McCain, the Republican candidate and Senator from Arizona, won the mock election Tuesday.

Several other schools in Clay County conducted mock elections Tuesday as well.

A total of 136 students at East Side Elementary School voted for McCain while 131 voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

At North Clay Middle School, 54.5 percent of the student body voted for Obama while 45.5 percent voted for McCain.

In addition, 65 percent of the students at North Clay voted for Brad Ellsworth in the United States Representative District 8 race while 35 percent voted for Greg Goode.

Sixty-three percent of the NCMS students voted for Mitch Daniels as governor while 37 percent voted for challenger Jill Long Thompson.

Fifty-eight percent of North Clay students also voted for Tony Bennett (R), who is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction while 42 percent voted for Democrat Richard D. Wood.

At Van Buren Elementary School, 70 students voted in favor of Obama while 30 voted in favor of McCain.

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This is great! I'm glad the schools are making this an interactive learning experience! My question is: What kind of research/education did the students particpate in before voting? Did they learn about the issues or is this more representative of how their parents will be voting today?

-- Posted by teacherswife on Tue, Nov 4, 2008, at 2:09 PM

my boys attend Jackson and were very proud to be a part of the "voting" (even if it was a mock election) my 6 yr old knew who he was voting for and why. i think this is a great way to teach children how important thier vote will be one day.

-- Posted by shanbilly on Tue, Nov 4, 2008, at 10:18 PM

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