All About the Mock Election
Every four years
during the presidential election Nelson students in grades K through 5 spend some of their curriculum time learning about the candidates
running for federal, state and local office (president for the K/R & 1/2, president, governor, and congressmen for the 2/3 class and all races for the 4/5 class).
The students study each governmental position and carefully consider
which of the current candidates they feel best qualified to be selected
for the job.
On Election Day, the students are encouraged to wear
red, white and blue. Town officials work with school staff to set up a
section in the Town Hall in order for our students to vote alongside
their Nelson community members. Each class has an opportunity to cast
their vote in the election. Ballots are made up for each student in the
school. Parent volunteers arrive and serve as our ballot checklist
Later in the day, when all of the ballots are returned
to school, one of the classes counts the votes and announces our mock
election winners to the school. Our "Nelson School Votes" activity has
been a pretty good barometer of how the national election will unfold.