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Video: Here’s What Memphis Schoolchildren Have to Say About Picking the Next President

When it came to choosing who should be the next president of the United States, 9-year-old Jamiera Willis did her homework.

“I took my papers home and did some studies on that person,” said the fourth-grader at W.H. Brewster Elementary School in Memphis. “I went on the YouTube and watched election videos. I went on the internet and researched and saw all the things they’ve been doing.”

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Nearly 400 students at Brewster joined about 166,000 students across Tennessee in casting their votes last week in a first-of-its-kind statewide student mock election. From preschool to high school, from public schools to private ones and homeschool associations, the event provided a platform for civic lessons leading up to the student vote.