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LANDECK — Landeck Elementary students held a mock Presidential Election Tuesday morning.

First-grade teacher Sue Barclay, who has taught at Landeck for 8 years, held the school’s first mock Presidential Election 4 years ago. She believes and teaches her students that everyone has their own voice and it is their right to speak up.

“The first time we did it,” Barclay reflected back, “McCain won. Today, Romney won 92 to Obama’s 34.”

The mock election has served as a catalyst for a variety of classroom learning activities. Barclay ties her Social Studies lessons to the historical value of the election process.


The kids are taught that rather than having a king in power, the founding fathers of the United States created a system where the American people had the power and responsibility to select their leader. With this new system, George Washington, the first U.S. president, was elected in 1789. At that time, only white men who owned property could vote but the 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution have since expanded the right of suffrage to all citizens over 18. Taking place every four years, presidential campaigns and elections and the stories behind each provides a road map to the events of U.S. history.

“In addition, I integrate the tallying of the votes into a mathematics lesson,” Barclay explained.

The election has also generated conversations between students voicing their perspectives on the candidates and political process. Generally, the students agree that the election is beneficial for everyone.

“There’s no king controlling the country and telling people what to do.” Emily Rode declared, “It is better for everyone and for the country.”

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