On the morning of Monday, November 7, 2016
a school-wide mock election was held, courtesy of Mrs. Wardwell and our 6th grade students. Each class from preschool – 7th grade was picked up and brought to the middle school Social Studies room to select their choice for the next President of the United States. We had the election to find out what the students and teachers are predicting for the nationwide election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Karen Vasquez and Ingryd Cortez checked off the names of students at a sign-in table in the hall. They told me their teacher assigned a job to each student. Next, each participant was given a ballot and a private voting space to make their selection. The ballots were collected in a box and Angelica Paramo handed out star stickers to all voters.
“I think Hillary Clinton will win in our school election. She has good opinions and wants to help people out.” -Santino Acosta
Paulina Madrigal added, “I think Donald Trump will lose because he’s racist.” Miranda Singleton chimed in and stated, “He doesn’t give women rights.”
Most students walked away with a smile and wanted to talk about the election. I asked Mrs. Wardwell about her motivation for the activity.
“I wanted the older kids to understand the election process, then help the younger ones by going through the process with them.” – Mrs. Wardwell
The final results from our mock school-wide election are as follows:
Hillary Clinton – 274 votes
Donald Trump – 42 votes
The outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election:
Hillary Clinton- 218 Electoral votes
Donald Trump- 279 Electoral votes
Thank you Mrs. Wardwell for demonstrating the importance of voting, allowing students to take on leadership roles, and showing a Core Democratic Value in action.