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Keene students hold their own election

| November 7, 2012

KEENE – Students at Keene Elementary got a first-hand look at the election process on Nov. 6, when they were able to vote on many important school issues.

The first item on the ballot was, “What is your favorite school subject?”  The second item was for students to pick their favorite school lunch. The choices were narrowed down to pizza, breadsticks, breakfast for lunch and chicken nuggets. Item number three was which fun day do you prefer with the choices being: Hat Day, Crazy Clothes Day and Pajama Day. The fourth item was asking students how they like to start their day with the morning announcements.  They had to choose from: The Pledge of Allegiance, Star Spangled Banner or other patriotic songs. The fifth item involved our staff members’ pets. There was a poster with staff members’ pets numbered. Students got to vote on which pet was the cutest. Item number six was to choose your favorite sport between basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and baseball/softball. The final item to vote on was President of the United States.

Students were taken to our school library which was decorated by parent volunteers, Elizabeth Albertson and Ashley Shepler, in everything red, white and blue. Half the class listened to Miss Leas read the story “Vote for Me” by Ben Clanton. The other half of the class was able to fill out their ballot in a secluded voting station. Students had to show identification to vote, just like adults do. They also were given a sticker that said, “I voted!”  Parent poll workers, Joel Mason, Janie Woolard, Keely Mickle, Carrie Linton and Randi Latham, assisted students in voting and counted the votes.

At the end of the day students were invited to an assembly to hear the results of the student voting. Some students were pleased with the results while others were disappointed. A lesson they will learn when they become adults and are able to vote in a real election. The assembly concluded with students singing Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the U.S.A.

The winners of the election were:

– Favorite Subject – Math

– Favorite School Lunch – Pizza

– Which Fun Day do you prefer? – Pajama Day

– How do you like to start the day? – Singing other patriotic songs

– Which pet is the cutest? – Mrs. Lapp’s dog Wrangler

– What is your favorite sport? – Soccer

– President of the United States – Mitt Romney by 13 votes. However, fifth and sixth grade science teacher Mr. Cabot, did have four write-in votes.

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