“They were passionate about their choices and excited to see what the outcome would be,” Williamson said.
But Williamson said the real lesson wasn’t in who won, but in promoting active citizenship in the students at an early age.
“We wanted to get them excited about the process of voting so when they get older, hopefully they’ll still have that interest and excitement,” said Williamson, who added teachers also are encouraging students to accompany their parents or other adults to the polls on Tuesday to see the experience firsthand.
Still, Williamson wonders how close the Newbury Elementary vote will be to the actual results Tuesday night.
“These mock elections sometimes are indicators,” Williamson said. “I’ll be interested to see if that’s what happens when we watch the results.”