Chino Valley Review
|Students manned ballot boxes, registered voters, provided “security,” discussed candidates and propositions, and voted during the Mingus Springs Charter School’s Mock Election on Nov. 1. After their studies, the students gathered to watch election results on TV in their classrooms. |
Mingus Springs Charter School students have a better understanding of the country's election process after participating in a mock election on Nov. 1.
Teacher Dana Berube said her seventh- and eighth-grade students studied in depth the government and elections process. The students, through the national Kids Vote and National Mock Election process, then put on an authentic mock election for their school. Students grades K-8 experienced the entire voting process, including receiving a voter registration card, signing the checklist, showing their identification in order to receive a ballot, entering a booth, depositing their ballot and receiving their "I voted" sticker.
The grade 7 and 8 students verified voters' names, handed out ballots, manned the ballot box and counters, and provided security.
Berube said candidate Mitt Romney won the school's presidential election this time, but President Obama won last election.
While all students voted for president, the seventh- and eighth-graders also studied the propositions that were on the ballot and made decisions about those issues. That's when the discussions got really interesting, Berube said. For instance, she said, students couldn't understand why Prop. 114, protecting crime victims from liability for damages by the person committing a felony crime against them, wasn't already on the books. The proposition passed in the General Election.
After the elections, students polled 20 people to ask if they voted, and if not, why not, Berube said.
"We did some simulations to see if one vote makes a difference. They got it and they decided that this is a good thing - we need to vote," she said. "They made posters encouraging other people to vote, and they do student council elections, so they understand."
For the final wrap-up of the study, students watched election results and saw the process finalized on TV in their classrooms.
Berube said she was proud of the effort the students put into the mock election process.
"The kids did a great great, great job," she said.