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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

November 11, 2008

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Teachers saw their students come alive in a way they have never seen before. "This election has really energized. And I have taught through several presidential elections," said math teacher, Janet Mock.

And they used this new spirit while teaching them about the inner-workings of our democracy. They even held their own mock election. "It was nice to hear that our voice was heard," said 7th grader, Lauren Sullivan.

"In the general election the winner was not the winner that we had in our school, and that let's them see there was a bigger picture," said Mock.

The majority of the students at Lee Middle voted for McCain, but they didn't lose their excitement after he was defeated. "It's something new that has happened this year. We have our first black president. And it's going to go down in history," said 7th grader, Brian Means.

"I think I will remember it until I die," said 7th grader, Ebony Haire.

"They know where they are in this because they were there. They voted, and they went through it," said Mock.

And generations after will also be reading about these historic results. "I'll be happy to say that I was 13 in the 7th grade when it did happen," said Haire.

"And now some of those kids realize there are no limits. There really are no limits," said Mock.

Teachers hope the experience encourages them to keep this up. "Hopefully we will get some of them interested in government and politics. And the things that are important," said Mock. 

"It was fun to see how it all worked," said Sullivan.

"It makes me want to vote when I get older," said Haire. And maybe one day they will make history of their own.

Though election day has come and gone, these students are still getting lessons from the outcome. Seventh graders at Lee Middle School are now learning about the inauguration process and will be watching as Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20th.

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