Students in Christy Ferri's grade 3 class sound like they're listening to mom and dad at home: "I don't like any of them!," "I'm not going to vote at all!" and "I'll never vote for her!"
Those were a few of the comments muttered today before their mock election in the presidential contest. Students in every class in the building were given paper ballots with the names of Hillary Clinton (Democratic) and Donald Trump (Republican) or Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian) on them.
After they voted, they folded them in half and paraded down to the red ballot box at the front door.
Ferri said she discussed the importance of voting with her students and how this is a uniquely American right that we have to take seriously. She said some students told her they would not vote for eithe rof the two major party candidates, so they were given the minor candidate ballots as well.
By the end of the day, the school-wide tally of 239 student votes was released:
Hillary Clinton: 133 votes - 55.7%
Donald Trump: 94 votes - 39.3%
Jill Stein: 6 votes - 2.5%
Gary Johnson: 6 votes - 2.5%
Earlier, students also held at election day rally/assembly. It featured each grade with a presidential offering, such as an “Election Poem” by the kindergartners, “Presidential Favorite Foods” by grade 1 students; “Presidential Pets” by grade 3 students, “Jobs of the President” by grade 4 students and “Fun Facts of the President” by grade 5 students.
The assembly also featured group singing of “My Country Tis of Thee” and “Grand Old Flag” among other favorites.
Below are a few pictures from voting in Ferri's class. Click on the image to enlarge it.