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Elementary Students Hold a Mock ElectionSubmitted: 11/02/2012
Melissa Constanzer
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter
mconstanzer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't care about Tuesday's election. Even kids who can't vote yet are getting involved.

Rhinelander's Northwoods Community Elementary School held mock elections Friday.

Fifth graders organized and ran the election.

All students, teachers, and staff were involved in the voting process.

Fifth grade teacher Krista Matyska says students are interested in the process.

"Even at fifth grade, they hear all the commercials and are curious about the potential candidates. So I gave them the chance to research the different candidates, learn what the real values are, and then make a choice for themselves."

Students had a number of candidates to choose from. Fifth graders researched each of the candidates and displayed what they found.

One by one, students cast their ballots.

"I think voting is important because people, and families, and communities, get to decide their future."

The results came in with President Obama taking
sixty-six percent of the vote.



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