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Elementary students voting on school mascot in lesson on campaigning, school pride

Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 19:33:48-04

BELTON, TX — Elementary school students in Belton are getting a chance to show their pride.

As those 18-years-old and older have already began early voting, students across the ten Belton ISD elementary school campuses will campaign all week for what they believe each of their school mascots should be.

"'[Campaigning] is a really hard thing, and you have to practice... and you have to know what you're going to be for, what you're going for," explained fifth grader Aaliyah Abddeen.

They are not running for office. Instead this election is more about school pride.

"The students this week are campaigning for the mascot that they would like to have," said Dorothy Parker, a Belton ISD teacher.

Their campaign process includes making posters, filming commercials and more.

From cheetahs to cardinals to road runners, all week long the students will campaign for what mascot they want. Next Tuesday, the mascot will be voted on.

"We will have voting boxes... students will get a ballot. They will place their choice in the box and then they will get an 'I Voted' sticker," said Parker.

Belton ISD has historically always had the tiger as its mascot. However, because of continuous growth and the addition of a new high school that will soon have the bronco as its mascot, officials decided to let each of the ten elementary schools choose their own mascot.