Two groups of students gave election-themed presentations at Tuesday’s Pearl River School District Board of Education meeting.
A second grade class from Franklin Avenue Elementary School gave a presentation called “I Can Be President.” Each student wore a red, white and blue plastic hat and spoke about why they can be president.
A group of three Pearl River High School spoke about the school’s 2012 Presidential Town Hall Meeting coming up on Nov. 2. Students Sean Burns, Paige O'Flynn and Erin Shortell gave the presentation.
On that day, government and politics students will conduct a presidential town hall meeting to help students become more educated on the issues and each candidate’s views on said issues.
“Students will create a print ad and memorandum to their candidate that addresses important campaign issues and an electronic ad,” O'Flynn said.
Burns said that students will act as policy advisors for the two candidates and talk about economics, foreign policy, healthcare, energy and the environment.
“The advisors will give a brief speech explaining their candidates position on each of their topics,” he added.
At the midpoint and conclusion of the presentations, a commercial created by students for each campaign will be shown. The students will then have a question and answer session. That same day, the school will conduct a mock election.
Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said the board saw “two great presentations.” He also said he personally loves when students come to the meetings and show the board what they’ve been working on in class.
The second grade students who were in the presentation where:
- Raya Caamano
- Casey Tyer
- Michael Killeen
- Kevin Galligan
- Marisa John
- Ryan Cowie
- Lillianna Lesnick
- Danny Wynne
- Sabrina Scrima
- Brandon Alexander
- Marina Capone