Students cast ballots in a very educational mirror election

Columbia Park Elementary School students took part in a nation-wide student vote program on Thursday, October 15, that encourages pupils to become politically aware.

Teacher Tracy Hill said two Grade 6/7 classrooms “made posters, researched the different parties and their platforms, and presented their findings to other students in our school.”

Some of the posters are in the windows of local businesses and four students painted the front window at Skookum Cycle. On Thursday both Grade 6/7 classrooms created their own polling station in the school library and children from Grades 2 to 7 cast their own ballots.

CPE students even painted a Get-Out-&-Vote message on one of the front windows at Skookum Cycle. David F. Rooney photo

CPE students even painted a Get-Out-&-Vote message on one of the front windows at Skookum Cycle. David F. Rooney photo

“Resources including voting screens, ballot boxes and ballots have been sent to us and our students are acting as officials,” Tracy said. “We will be collecting close to 150 votes!”

The results from the student vote are broadcast just after they announce the results from the federal election. So far over, about 7, 000 schools across Canada are involved. For more information about this project please www.studentvote.ca.

Here are some photos from the day’s voting:

Students at Columbia Park Elementary School had a taste of democracy in action on Thursday, October 15, by participating in the national www.studentvote.ca campaign that has students mirror the voting process adults use to select their elected leaders. Here Grade 6/7 students lined up to register to vote in the school library. David F. Rooney photo

Students at Columbia Park Elementary School had a taste of democracy in action on Thursday, October 15, by participating in the national www.studentvote.ca campaign that has students mirror the voting process adults use to select their elected leaders. Here Grade 6/7 students lined up to register to vote in the school library. David F. Rooney photo

The process used by the students closely mirrored Elections Canada's process and, in fact, may even have been somewhat speedier than the advance polls that took 20-30 minutes to get through at peak times last weekend. Students in CPE's 2/3, 3/4, 5, and two 6/7 classes voted. David F. Rooney photo

The process used by the students closely mirrored Elections Canada’s process and, in fact, may even have been somewhat speedier than the advance polls that took 20-30 minutes to get through at peak times last weekend. Students in CPE’s 2/3, 3/4, 5, and two 6/7 classes voted. David F. Rooney photo

Cast that ballot! The results of the students' votes here — and at other schools right across Canada — will not be known until after Elections Canada has completed tabulating all of the adult ballots on Monday night. It will be interesting to see how closely the student votes mirror the adult votes in Revelstoke. David F. Rooney photo

Cast that ballot! The results of the students’ votes here — and at other schools right across Canada — will not be known until after Elections Canada has completed tabulating all of the adult ballots on Monday night. It will be interesting to see how closely the student votes mirror the adult votes in Revelstoke. David F. Rooney photo

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