Archive for Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tonganoxie Elementary School third-graders declare Obama their president

George Strait receives write-in vote; fourth-graders like McCain

Third-grade students at Tonganoxie Elementary School participated in a mock election Tuesday morning.
Inside their voting booths outside their classroom were, from left, Logan Beach, Cahndler Caldwell, Reagenn Bennett and Kay McKenzie. The group of voters was split in their choice for president, as two voted for John McCain and two for Barack Obama.
Students filled out voter registration cards and were shown how to vote for their candidate of choice. TES students also had an impromptu parade in downtown Tonganoxie. They shouted: "G-E-T, Get Out and Vote!"

Third-grade students at Tonganoxie Elementary School participated in a mock election Tuesday morning. Inside their voting booths outside their classroom were, from left, Logan Beach, Cahndler Caldwell, Reagenn Bennett and Kay McKenzie. The group of voters was split in their choice for president, as two voted for John McCain and two for Barack Obama. Students filled out voter registration cards and were shown how to vote for their candidate of choice. TES students also had an impromptu parade in downtown Tonganoxie. They shouted: "G-E-T, Get Out and Vote!"

November 4, 2008

It's official: Barack Obama is the candidate of choice for third-graders at Tonganoxie Elementary School.

In a mock election that included teachers requiring students to take part in voter registration, 68 third-graders voted for Obama, while 59 selected John McCain. Third-grade teacher Karen Stockman said the election was a tie before the last class pushed Obama over the top.

One student wrote in country music singer George Strait for president.

Stockman said the fourth-grade also held an election, and that students selected McCain by a large margin at that grade level.

Students also marched through downtown Tonganoxie Tuesday afternoon yelling "G-E-T, Get Out And Vote."

In the third grade, a few students asked why they selected Obama or McCain. Many of the handful interviewed said they voted the same way their parents did.

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