East Texas school kids pick President in mock election

East Texas school kids pick President in mock election

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - While President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney are campaigning for votes from adults, students at Harmony Christian School are also casting their ballots.

The national program "Studies Weekly" is teaching students the importance of government involvement, by letting students participate in a mock vote.

"It's going to help them learn and understand their civic duties as Americans from a very young age, so that whenever they mature and grow up and are old enough to vote that they will take that on responsibly as adults," said Principal Tracye Brashear.

Brashear believes that this program has made the election process exciting for students, and teachers at harmony agree.

"My students have been excited about coming in to do their vote as soon as we started talking about it," said first grade teacher Charon Perry.

The program not only teaches students about the candidates, but also teaches them about history and duties held by the Commander-in-Chief.

Students say nothing is more important then the lessons that voting brings.

"When you vote, you actually matter," said fifth grader Sarah Young.

"As citizens of the U.S., I feel like we are really free to state what we think and who we think will be the best leader for our country," said eighth grader Rebekah Brashear.

The only thing more exciting for these first graders than casting a vote is the sticker that confirms they voted.

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