Mock election engages students in Core Democratic Values

As part of a lesson on Core Democratic Values, students at Gompers Elementary-Middle School participated in a Mock Election in preparation for Election Day on November 7. Students in grades 5-8 researched candidates running for mayor, city clerk, and city council. They then reviewed Core Democratic Values and applied the values to local candidate’s platforms.  From there, they prepared speeches endorsing the candidates of their choice.  They then read their speeches over the school public address system.

Department of Elections for the Detroit graciously donated voting booths, an electronic tabulator, and ballots for the elections.  The students were thrilled to actually cast their votes in the same manner as their parents.

“Even though our vote does not count, it was important for us to vote in the mock election to choose someone who will make Detroit an even better city,” said fifth grader, DaMaceo Woolfalk. “I liked listening to the speeches each morning because it gave me a chance to choose who I thought would be a good mayor for our city because of their plan to make Detroit better.”

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