The power of voting

Power has been in short supply at Greenwich Academy (GA) ever since Superstorm Sandy passed through the area. Finally, the electricity and heat have returned and students resumed school just in time to consider power of a different sort by voting in their own mock presidential election.

“It felt good to make a choice,” said Group VIII student Erika Kraus.

The voting process closely resembled real life. Every student had already registered to vote earlier in the campaign. On Election Day, they checked their name against the records held by the registrar in the Middle School lobby, which was decorated with patriotic symbols, candidate cutouts, a map of the GA Electoral College and reminders to vote. Each grade also had its own voting booth.

 

Voter education has been an important priority at GA throughout the school year. Girls in Groups V, VI, VII and VIII had learned about the Electoral College process in their current events or history classes.

Later they submitted questions about health care, foreign affairs and the economy, and heard responses from two skilled Upper School students who debated in the manner of the Republican and Democratic candidates.

The election created a real buzz, as did the patriotic cupcakes that were certainly an Election Day highlight.

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