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Book characters Elephant and Piggie, followed by Pete the Cat and Pigeon, were the clear winners in Kristin Rogate’s kindergarten class election, held at Mandalay Elementary. It was a culminating activity for a lesson about the election process and why it is important to vote. 

Prior to Super Tuesday, the students exercised their American right to vote by holding a mock election. They created their own registration cards, but only had to be 4 years old, not 18 years old, to register. The kindergartners then entered their class booth to vote for their favorite book characters and to determine which book they would like to read during a read aloud. After they voted, the responsible young citizens received an “I Voted” pin to proudly wear at school and home.   

The entire class tallied the votes and determined that Elephant and Piggie were the clear winners with 11 votes. After the vote was certified, by Ms. Rogate, she asked the students to determine who had the “fewest” and “most” votes, tying the activity into a math lesson. The activity ended with a read aloud of Mo Willems’ “Happy Pig Day!”