FPES students hold mock election


For president of the United States

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School The students in Mrs. Candler’s class at Foster Park Elementary School make their way to the ballot box to vote in the mock presidential election held at the school on Nov. 2. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Lillian, a 3rd grader in Mrs. Hughey’s GT class, gave out “I voted stickers” to all of the students that participated the Nov. 2 mock presidential election held at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Alex Wagner was the precinct manager for the Nov. 2 mock presidential election at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.


Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Malachi drops his ballot into the ballot box so it can be counted by the GT Class during the Nov. 2 mock presidential election at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class who also counted the ballots. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.


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.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School The students in Mrs. Candler’s class at Foster Park Elementary School make their way to the ballot box to vote in the mock presidential election held at the school on Nov. 2. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_FPES-Mock-election-2.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School The students in Mrs. Candler’s class at Foster Park Elementary School make their way to the ballot box to vote in the mock presidential election held at the school on Nov. 2. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Lillian, a 3rd grader in Mrs. Hughey’s GT class, gave out “I voted stickers” to all of the students that participated the Nov. 2 mock presidential election held at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_FPES-mock-election-3.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Lillian, a 3rd grader in Mrs. Hughey’s GT class, gave out “I voted stickers” to all of the students that participated the Nov. 2 mock presidential election held at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Alex Wagner was the precinct manager for the Nov. 2 mock presidential election at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_FPES-Mock-Election-4.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Alex Wagner was the precinct manager for the Nov. 2 mock presidential election at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.

Photo courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Malachi drops his ballot into the ballot box so it can be counted by the GT Class during the Nov. 2 mock presidential election at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class who also counted the ballots. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_FPES-Mock-Election-7.jpgPhoto courtesy of Foster Park Elementary School Malachi drops his ballot into the ballot box so it can be counted by the GT Class during the Nov. 2 mock presidential election at Foster Park Elementary School. The mock election was organized and conducted by the students of Mrs. Hughey’s GT class who also counted the ballots. The school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders voted in the mock election giving Hillary Clinton the nod with 155 votes to 85 votes for Donald Trump.
For president of the United States

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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