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Colrain kids vote for president

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Colrain Elementary School fifth-grade students Isabella Rios and Kimani Topolski log in to Studiesweekly.com to have the school participate in an online national mock presidential election.

Recorder/Paul Franz Colrain Elementary School fifth-grade students Isabella Rios and Kimani Topolski log in to Studiesweekly.com to have the school participate in an online national mock presidential election. Purchase photo reprints »

COLRAIN — By the time Julia Hager turns 12 on Monday, she will already have voted in two presidential elections at Colrain Central School.

In 2008, more than 6 million schoolchildren, including Julia, cast their votes for president in the web-based, Studies Weekly’s Student Election.

Studies Weekly is a magazine-style publication that offers current events, social studies and science content, as well as an internet-based online curriculum.

Julia was 8 years old and in the second grade when she voted the first time for a president.

Studies Weekly began running a national mock election in 2004, and Colrain Central school aide Robin Tower organized the first children’s election for Colrain in 2008.

“We were supposed to vote on Tuesday,” said Tower, who worried that the school wouldn’t be able to participate because of Hurricane Sandy. However, the publication moved the election date to Friday to accommodate all the storm-closed schools.

The Studies Weekly website (studiesweekly.com) provides information for children about the history of U.S. elections, and biographical information about both presidential candidates, so they can learn about the candidates before voting.

They “went to the polls” Friday morning in the computer lab, casting their votes on computer, and the national poll closedat 3 p.m. Friday.

Four years ago, the children’s vote successfully predicted the presidential outcome, according to Studies Weekly.

At Colrain Central, the children who vote get goodie bags and stickers that say “I Voted.”

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