By LISA M. HOFFMANN
IRON MOUNTAIN - Students at Iron Mountain Central Elementary School voted for a presidential candidate today.
Brenda Swartout’s third graders get ready to cast their vote in the presidental election. Central Elementary is holding its own presidential election today. Here, Max Jayne, left, and Evan Tregillis cast their vote. Iron Mountain Central Elementary School students, which includes students in kindergarten through fifth grade, held a mock election for the U.P. president this morning.
Based on the results of their votes, the winner was Barack Obama with 87 votes to Mitt Romney's 66 votes.
Brenda Swartout, a third grade teacher at Iron Mountain Central School, said this was the first time K-5 students at Central voted for a presidential candidate.
"It was to teach to the kids the value of voting and the voting process," she said.
Students were learning about the candidates and the election process in history class.
Swartout said students also were learning what they need to look for and the candidate's beliefs.
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