Williams Heights Elementary students participated in a mock national election at school on Tuesday, November 5, 2016. In preparation for the simulated voting event, 2nd and 3rd graders in Mrs. Susan Shepard’s classroom researched the presidential candidates, ballot boxes, poll booths, sample ballots, and other election-based topics to gain a strong foundation on the voting procedures and understand the importance of exercising their right to vote as adults. Mayor John Knox was a special guest who provided a wealth of knowledge pertaining to our local, state, and national election processes. He gave students examples of our democracy, discussed the various levels of the government, and summarized his job description.
On the morning of the school’s mock election, two 5th grade students - Isabelle L., representing Hillary Clinton, and Cole B., representing Donald Trump - started the day by giving one final statement of their promises to Americans (the students of Williams Heights) on the school's intercom before the polls opened. The speeches were followed by student voters, dressed in patriotic colors, making their way into classrooms to begin the election process.
Privacy and silence were encouraged throughout the classrooms while the student body voted using their sample ballots. Each student was given an official “I Voted” Georgia sticker to show they exercised their right and duty as citizens of our country. Special thanks was given to Mayor John Knox for providing these stickers, making this day a memorable event. At the end of the mock election, Mrs. Shepherd's 3rd graders tabulated the votes and shared them with the entire school on the intercom, reporting that the Democratic presidential candidate won by a small majority of the votes. To conclude the unit of study, students learned the importance of recycling cardboard boxes to create ballot boxes that would be used later throughout the school. Each student participant gained valuable information related to his/her voting rights, duties, and responsibilities as citizens of the United States of America!
Ella Beth holds the ballot box while Evan places his ballot inside.
Madison holds the ballot box while Dante places his ballot inside.
Isabelle marks her ballot privately.
Annelise holds the ballot box while Elijah places his ballot inside.
2nd grade students are dressed in patriotic colors and ready to start the mock election.
Seated (L to R) Miles,Camp, Kencie, Kanye, Annelise, Noah, and Harper
Standing (L to r) Hudson, Ezrial, Reese, Mykah, Ella Beth, Quinn, Molly, Lizzie, Annslee Kate, Reagan, Addie, Ethan, Keaton, Brooklyn (sitting), Liam, and Jacee
Mayor John Knox talks with Mrs. Shepherd's 3rd grade students.