With election day less than two weeks away, students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are learning how a democracy functions by taking part in mock elections.
Many FCPS high schools are participating in the University of Virginiaâ€™s Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), which enables students to cast their ballots online. Results of this mock election will be available beginning Friday, November 2.
More than 1 million students participated in the YLI mock election in 2008. Among the FCPS schools participating are:
- Glasgow Middle,
- Falls Church High,
- South County High, and
- West Springfield High.
Middle and elementary voting
- At Rocky Run Middle School, eighth grade students will vote Wednesday, October 31, and seventh grade students will vote Thursday, November 1. The schoolâ€™s polling place will feature election booths with balloons and red, white, and blue banners and bunting.
- Colvin Run Elementary School sixth grade teachers are holding an electronic simulation, complete with conventions to choose candidates, during the week of October 29. Mock presidential debates will be held Thursday, November 1, and Friday, November 2.
- Bren Mar Park Elementary School students will vote on Friday, November 2, and receive an I Voted sticker once they cast their ballot. After the election, the students will be able to analyze and graph the voting data.
- At Irving Middle School, students will select a president and vice president, senator, congressman, and representatives to the Virginia House of Delegates as well as vote on two referendums. The election is the culmination of a unit that has included information on bias and propaganda in eighth grade and platform positions about scientific issues in seventh grade. One eighth grade civics class has created a video to explain the Virginia ballot to the students before they vote on Friday, October 26.
- Students at Key Center are creating campaign posters and symbols after learning about the elections and candidates. They are also writing campaign speeches and, beginning the week of October 29, they will vote for a classroom president using iPads.
- Aldrin Elementary School students in grades 3-6 will vote on their classroom computers via FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) on Thursday, November 1, and students in grades K-2 will vote using paper ballots.
Other schools holding mock elections include:
- Greenbriar East Elementary on Wednesday, October 24;
- Carson Middle School and Hutchison Elementary School on Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30;
- Hunt Valley Elementary School and Rose Hill Elementary School on Tuesday, October 30; and
- Groveton Elementary School, Holmes Middle School, and Franklin Middle School on Friday, November 2.