MOCK PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
2020 Presidential Election at GH School
Elementary students under the guidance of Mrs. Janet Goldberg at Glen Head School have been learning about the U.S. Presidential election process. When asked, “How do you teach young children about the 2020 Presidential Election?,” Mrs. Goldberg responded, “I am teaching my students about tolerance and speaking up for civility.” She acknowledged that elections can be messy and children often hear negative messages on television, radio, or from adults. She said, “I am focusing on leadership, citizenship, and civility.”
During the last week in October 2020, one week prior to the actual Presidential election, Mrs. Goldberg dressed up in a vote shirt and a head band with two American flags. Then with a red, white, and blue decorated voting cart, she rolled in and out of all of the classrooms of Glen Head School with paper ballots containing pictures of the two presidential candidates. Additionally, Mrs. Goldberg made two life-size, cut-out posters of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
All Glen Head students had an opportunity to participate in the school’s mock Presidential election. Prior to voting, Mrs. Goldberg reiterated the importance of the role that each citizen plays in electing the President of the United States and reminded her students that they can only vote for one candidate. Each student was given a “voting” sticker after they put their ballot in the voting box and was told that their vote was confidential. Prior to November 3, 2020, Ms. Goldberg is going to announce the winner of the Glen Head School mock elections. As with most adults, the students are eager to see who wins their election and who is elected the next President of the United States on November 3, 2020.
Article and photos by Shelly Newman with guidance from Mrs. Janet Goldberg