Cool Schools: Students polling for their own presidential election
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
Students at Clark-Shaw Magnet School are keeping the patriotic vibe, and polled for their own presidential election earlier this week.
The school's newest polling precinct Tuesday served sixth, seventh and eighth graders. They had to check in with their student ID, just like Alabama's photo ID law, and then cast their own ballots for president and vice president.
"After yesterday's presidential election, they will have one more presidential election in their lifetime, before they are an actual voter. And I believe many people in our country don't vote because they are intimidated by the process and I believe it's important to give our students lots of experience, just as I would give them experience with math problems and science lab experminets, or doing social studies lessons, they need that real world experience," said social studies teacher Miranda Manley.
From the poll workers to the "I Voted" stickers, the students took pride in taking part in history.
"I think it's important for everybody to vote, and every vote counts!" said sixth grader Tora-Nisha Mitchell.
"I mean it's best to start learning about things you need to know as an adult, as early as you can," added sixth grader Jorden Mosley.
And at this school of math and science, it also became a lesson in analyzing the results and data, which showed the students have a mind of their own.
Many of the students were so excited, they even went home and asked their parents to go to the real polls with them.