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Election 2012: Port Chester Students Predicted Obama's Win

In school election, Park Avenue School children "re-elected" the president.

As adults throughout the nation were going to the polls on Tuesday to decide the race for president, so were the students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Port Chester.

And, as it turns out, the students got it right.

Fifth-grade teacher Kathy Franceschini said that after students from second- to fifth-grade cast their ballots, President Barack Obama came up the winner over Mitt Romney, 260 to 37. And, of course, it turned out that the nation voted to re-elected Obama.

"The students really got a kick out of it," Franceschini said of the balloting in school.

Although the Park Avenue election was fun, Franceschini explained it was true learning experience for students. She said that before the election, students researched the candidates and their positions on key issues.

Franceschini said similar votes have been done before at the school, but this was the first time it involved all the students.

Aidan November 08, 2012 at 11:18 AM
"President Barack Obama came up the winner over Mitt Romney, 260 to 37 ..." A testimony to successful indoctrination more than anything else. Kids parrot those with power in their lives ... and teachers have power ... which they use without shame.
Anne Latella November 08, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Aiden-I agree our schoold should be objective. This is disgraceful when teachers can influence children how to vote and promote one candidate. They must be stopped if we are to retain our Democracy.
PC Expat November 08, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I'm betting there was a ton of voter fraud and Civil Rights violations going on here as well. Need to get the Justice Department involved ASAP. Maybe they can force a revote and let each kid get 6 votes and divide the school into multiple districts so that each district can feel like they are represented.
Jim Byrne November 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Goes to show kids have more common sense than the majority of the public. Can see through a BS candidate in a second.
William Demarest (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
If I have learned anything from speaking to elementary school classes over the years, it's that kids do have minds of their own. At Park Avenue School, teachers say the kids took their mock election pretty seriously and did their own research on the candidates.
William Demarest (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Park Avenue School was scheduled to have a Veterans ceremony today with 5th-graders, but that has been moved to 6 pm on Tuesday.
Amy Del Monte November 08, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I do believe kids have minds of their own but I can not agree that kids in grade school fully understand the issues. They say that they did research, did they do it on both parties? How was it done? Everyone has the right to vote for who they think is the best person, that is what is so great about this country. I don't think that they handled it correctly but then again maybe they did, all I know is that my child felt he had to vote for the same person as everyone else. "The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think--rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." -- Bill Beattie
Blaue Vogel November 08, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Smart kids. I too predicted Obama would win, and I'm a registered Conservative.
Chrissie November 09, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Omg it's an elementary school election. Give me a break! These comments are ridiculous. They were trying to give the kids a chance to vote and experience the democratic process. There isn't always a conspiracy behind teachers' actions. Have some faith and stop picking on teachers.

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