Kids studying elections hear from London mayor

London Mayor Patrick Closser (front left) takes a selfie with Joe Watson’s eighth-period government class. To study elections and political parties, each of Watson’s classes created a city and elected officials. Closser spoke to all of the classes. Tate Wilson and Riley Kohn served as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, of eighth period’s Donutville. Pictured in the background are Joe Watson (back left) and London Middle School Principal Michael Belmont.

(Posted Nov. 22, 2019)

London Mayor Patrick Closser visited every sixth-grade government class at London Middle School on Nov. 19.

All seven of Joe Watson’s classes are studying elections and political parties. Each class is running their own government with a mayor, vice mayor and other positions. The classes are competing against one another to see who can run the most effective and efficient communities.

Closser spoke to students about his election experience, his political party affiliation, his thought process for picking a party, and the decisions he made and steps he took to run successful election campaigns.

Watson requires each student to join one of four fictitious political parties he creates. In the process, they must weigh the pros and cons of each party.

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