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Local First Graders learn the importance of voting

A first grade class at St. Raphael School in Santa Barbara County held it’s own presidential election on Monday.

First grade teacher Aana Rivlin taught her students the importance of voting and discussed qualities that a leader should have.

After the lesson, students were able to cast their votes in a makeshift polling place and turn in their ballots.

The students knew who the top two presidential candidates were, but didn’t know where they stand on important topics like taxes and healthcare. They were focused on choosing a president who is kind and respectful.

The votes were tallied at Hillary Clinton won by 13 votes. Their teacher, Mrs. Rivlin, asked the students to keep their votes private and respect others for their choices.

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