Bayport-Blue Point elementary school students had the chance to take part
in special mock elections at their schools this Election Day.
Just as their parents and registered voters across the nation took to the polls, the students considered the issues at hand and voted to elect either President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney to the new presidential term.
At Academy Street, the building’s fourth-grade students provided an overview of the democratic process before turning the stage over to their fifth-grade peers, who assumed the roles of the presidential and vice presidential candidates for a mock town hall-style debate.
During the event, which was attended by the school’s third-graders, the speakers addressed several of the issues facing the nation as well as each candidate’s stance on these matters.
At the close of the debate, every student in the school had a chance to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice in voting booths created by the students in Rachel Kelly’s LEAP class.
Using voter cards complete with their school pictures, Sylvan Avenue students also had the chance to vote in a mock presidential election.
During their lunch periods, the students experienced the voting process from start to finish – they signed their names on a voting roster, filled out their ballot forms in privacy and submitted their votes. This was the first time the school hosted a mock election, and it was met with resounding enthusiasm from the students.
In individual classrooms, several Blue Point Elementary students were given
the chance to participate in the voting process as well, casting their votes for either the democratic or republican presidential candidates.
Unlike the results of the national election, all three Bayport-Blue Point elementary schools voted to elect Mitt Romney as the 44th President of the United States.