CITY ELECTION PROVIDES CIVIC & MATH LESSONS FOR PLOUFFE ACADEMY STUDENTS
When Election Day dawned November 7th, hundreds of poll workers headed to schools and municipal buildings across Brockton, ready to oversee Americans’ greatest right: the ability to vote. At the Plouffe Academy, 6th graders in Tish Mency’s Math class opened the school library to voting, providing students and teachers an opportunity to exercise their Constitutional rights and select Mayoral and Councilor-at-Large candidates in the school’s annual mock election.
Mency’s 6th graders analyze the election results and use the final tallies to calculate fractions, decimals and percentage points.
“It’s a real world application of math and a good experience for students to see how the voting process works,” Mency said. “We also use our results to compare to how the city votes, and see if our exit poll results were accurate predictors of the final outcome.”
The students made their polling place look as festive as possible, and decked the library out in red, white and blue streamers. Patriotic posters and slogans were posted throughout. Balloons gave the room a festive affair and poll workers greeted each voter and checked their name against the school roster. After voting, those who cast their ballots were checked out by a poll worker, thanked by another student and then asked to participate in an exit poll at the door.
“It’s a great learning experience for all of our students to take part in this election,” Principal Michelle Nessralla said as she exited the polling place.