Eastern Suburbs

Small Kids, Big Voices

By Michala Rueter, BDJ 464.01

Published on November 8, 2016

Local Elementary School Students Immerse Themselves In Election Process

DeWitt, N.Y. (Democracy in Action)-Students from the Syracuse Hebrew Day School had a first-hand look at the voting process at the adjacent Jewish Community Center. They were shown everything from how to fill out a sample ballot, to the services available for those with disabilities.

While most younger students may find the election uninteresting, these fifth and sixth graders were quite the opposite. They are currently holding a mock election with candidates Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, and will vote for the candidate of their choice by electoral votes.

A.J. Sikora, a student involved in the mock election, explained his anticipation for this year’s presidential race.

”The last time there was an election I was 6, so I didn’t really get into it at all,” Sikora said.

However, other students like Sam Wells weren’t as excited, and expressed their concerns about the policies of both Trump and Clinton.

“It makes me nervous about the future of our country,” he said.

In the end, both Wells and Sikora realized they will witness one of the most historic races in our nation’s history.

“When I get older I can tell my kids that I was there for it, and saw it,” Sikora said.