Harry McKillop Elementary students learned the importance of voting on Nov.1 during a school-wide Mock Presidential Election. Each student had the opportunity to cast their vote for the next United States president, and each classroom represented a state.

The young Cardinals learned that a vote is private and personal for each individual, and that the right to vote is a privilege they will have as adults. Teachers explained the function of the Electoral College and how each state plays a unique role in an election.

Third grade students in the Leadership Council were given the task of tallying individual and electoral votes for each state. They worked alongside Principal Walter Perez and Assistant Principal Michele Austin as they counted votes and colored each state on a map with a red or blue marker to reflect the outcome of the election.

Once the election results were in, the Leadership Council discussed game-changers and “Ah-ha!” moments that they experienced throughout the process.