DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - It was a day full of firsts as elementary school students in Dougherty County took part in a mock election.
Students at Morningside Elementary School lined up and made their way to the polling booths.
"The students are well aware of who the candidates are and the issues that they stand on," said Sherrie Hubbard.
Instructional Coach Sherrie Hubbard believes the mock election has had an effect on kindergarten students who are just learning about the process as well as fifth graders who may have already formed opinions.
"To me it feels like there is a lot of killing going on these days and people are dying," said Kendell Jordan, student.
That's why Jordan said he's voting for Clinton.
"She wants to take away all guns and weapons," said Jordan.
Jordan said he talked to students about his opinions at lunch and even at home. Based on the results, it seems like they listened.
Morningside elected Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.
The social studies curriculum coordinator, Jesse Jackson Jr., said the mock election serves to teach students about the bigger picture - to make good citizens.
"What we are doing here today is showing the political process in which America is built upon. It doesn't matter who you vote for as long as you vote,' said Jackson.
Hubbard and Jackson said a number of students took the conversation home to their parents, potentially encouraging them to go out and vote as well.
Morningside Elementary students voted for the vice president during their election as well.
They also voted on a special amendment that would affect them directly, to wear jeans on Fridays instead of their school uniforms.