School for Children Mock Presidential Election

Every four years, Bank Street School for Children Upper School (Grades 5-8) students stage a mock election, which parallels the real Presidential Election. Each grade has certain responsibilities in connection with the activity. For example, the two 12/13s (7th grade) classes represent the major parties. The 10/11s (5th grade) are responsible for the nuts and bolts: they issue voter registration cards, create voting stations, conduct polls, and oversee the primary elections. In January, they will organize the Inauguration and Ball. 
There was no child in the Upper School who did not participate fully in this activity, from the candidates, to the lobbyists, the press, those who followed the trends, those who oversaw voter registration and voting, those who organized the nominating conventions, and those who campaigned for their classmates and friends, making posters and advocating for them. Student interest and involvement was palpable, Teachers charted the course for their students, advisors coached their candidates, and then the entire Upper School rode the wave of their energy.
On Monday, November 5, 2012, this curricular piece culminated with a three-way debate — which was given a tremendous visual boost from a parent who supplied magnificent decorations — and then an Upper School-wide popular and electoral college vote. The Democratic candidate, along with her Vice Presidential candidate, were victorious over their Republican rivals and their independent rivals from the Freedom Party. Congratulations went out to all the candidates for their courage and deep commitment to this simulation, for the work they did in researching and preparing themselves for their respective

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