GREENFIELD — Talk about “early voting.”
The Greenfield Center School students have already been-there-done-that, with a mock election Tuesday between two animal puppet candidates “Shellizabeth Warren” and “Jill Swine.”
In the end, Shellizabeth the turtle became president of Greenfield Center School, by a 93-74 vote that included 141 students and 26 staff as voters.
But before the election, students met the candidates, read the respective platforms and cast their ballots in voting booths they made themselves.
Shellizabeth ran on a platform that “caring is sharing” — that students who bring toys or other things from home should be prepared to share them. Shellizabeth also wants to improve the environment by keeping the outdoor campus clean.
Jill Swine, a pig puppet, campaigned on the idea that students should have a choice of whether or not to share possessions with classmates. She also ran a “comfy classroom campaign,” that includes kindness to others and helping everyone to be part of the school community.
The names of the candidates, of course, pay homage to state Senator Elizabeth Warren and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.