UNION — Nearly a week before the adults went to the polls some students at Foster Park Elementary School cast their ballots in a mock presidential election that students in one class helped organize.
In a statement released this past week, FPES announced that it had been the site of a mock presidential election on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
The press release states that Mrs. Hughey had her GT students help organize the election and work it when it was held. The students took on several roles during the election process including Precinct Manager and Poll Worker. Once all the school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students had voted, the press release states that the students in Mrs. Hughey’s class counted the ballots cast, validated the winner and reported the results to the school officer.
Hillary Clinton was the winner of the mock election, receiving 155 votes to 85 votes cast for Donald Trump.
At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a woman named Mrs. Powell asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitation Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
More than two centuries later, Franklin’s words remain true. America is a republic, but only if its people keep it as one. Keeping America a republic involves citizen participation in government including the electoral process. This has been true throughout American history since Franklin spoke those words and keeping America a republic has been the responsibility of each generation of Americans. It is a responsibility handed down from generation to generation.
By taking on the responsibility of being involved with all aspects of their school’s mock election — organizing, conducting, voting, tallying and reporting the results — the students of Foster Park Elementary School have taken an important step toward being prepared for when it is time for their generation to shoulder the responsibility of keeping America a republic.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.