Pictured Above: Ms. Miles first-grade class is all smiles after voting in the school-wide mock election.
While adults 18 and over head to the polls to vote today, Lakeland Elementary students Pre-K through 5th grade got the opportunity to practice voting.
Students took the time to vote during their specials class today. Each student was given their own voter registration card which allowed them to take part in voting. They were able to vote for one of the four major presidential candidates.
“I think it is important to vote so that we can go to school because I really like school,” Lakeland Elementary second-grader Donella Coker said.
Leading up to the mock election the students were given the opportunity in their classrooms to take a deeper look into each candidate. Teachers lead the important discussion explaining why citizens vote, and presented an introduction of the four major presidential candidates.
“The President should be friendly and someone who likes to talk to everybody,” Lakeland Elementary first-grader Meaghan Mcqueen said. “We will want someone who is nice too!”
Other students expressed that our new President must be friendly, talkative, and a global leader.
“The President has to help the world,” Lakeland Elementary second-grader Jamari Bondi said. “He or she will have to help our country and others.”
Lakeland Elementary Instructional Technology teacher James Wigfall hopes the mock election experience will teach the importance of voting and encourage the students to be active voters when they get older.