By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Local children have been learning about Presidents Day at school. The Cleveland Daily Banner recently …
Local children have been learning about Presidents Day at school. The Cleveland Daily Banner recently asked some of them what their thoughts are on the U.S. presidency.
First- and second-grade students from Oak Grove Elementary School spoke on everything from who their favorite presidents are to what they would do if they ever became president.
"Presidents Day is a pretty cool day, because you're honoring all the presidents," said second-grader Tristan Parker. "It's good to remember what those guys all did."
The majority of the students said their favorite president was George Washington, because he had the honor of being the country's first. First-grader Ava Wilkie also said she liked Abraham Lincoln, because he "changed the rules" about slavery.
A couple of students also gave votes of confidence to current President Donald Trump, proudly explaining their parents had voted for him.
"Really, they've pretty much all done something good for our country — even if it's just, like, one or two things," said second-grader Alyssa Ware, who did not pick a favorite.
When asked if they ever thought they would want to be president one day, many of the students eagerly raised their hands, before starting to describe their presidential to-do lists.
However, a few said they were wary about taking the role of the presidency, because of the responsibility it entails.
"There's like 2,000 papers you have to do and sign every day," said first-grader Emma Matthews. "It's a lot of work!"
Despite this hesitation, a couple of the students suggested they would instead look at running for local office one day. If any of these particular students ever do, then they will have provided the community with a new county mayor and a new county sheriff.
Those who said they would like to be president had several topics in mind for their campaign platforms.
The most common suggestions had to do with holidays. One first-grader suggested changing the calendar so Christmas comes earlier each year. Her classmate grinned and said he would give students a week off school for Presidents Day, instead of just one day. Another suggested making it so free ice cream is served to students at school every day.
However, some of the students also had some more serious issues in mind. One student described how a family he knows is struggling because of health care costs and said he wanted to help lower those costs. Another student suggested outlawing smoking, to help cut down on health problems related to it.
"I would really like to help the poor," said second-grader Skyla Walker. "I don't know how I'd do this yet, but there's got to be some way."
Though they do not know all the ins and outs of politics yet, many of the students said they see being president as being in a position to make a difference.
Knowing adults get to vote for the U.S. president, many of the students said they are eager to get to vote someday. While voting is optional, they said they would encourage adults to take advantage of this opportunity during the next presidential election.
"That way, you could kind of know [the president] thinks like you," said first-grader Bentley Crye.
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