Healdsburg 3rd Graders: "If I Were President, I'd..."

10 third-graders from the Healdsburg Elementary School answer just one question.


With the 2012 presidential election just a week away, this too-close-to-call contest is on the minds of many U.S. voters.

But what is on the minds of youngsters as they listen to their parents and other adults talking about the race --  one that is said to be among the most important elections of our time?

At June Trull's third grade class at Healdsburg Elementary School's Fitch Mountain Campus we found out. We asked the kids, "What would you do, if you were president?"

Here's what they said:

Sebastian Rodriguez: "I would make the world a better place and give the poor and the homeless people some money."

Logan Lumetta: "I would make stricter laws in the northwest America because that's where non-strict laws are. I see people running stop signs and red lights. I would also make there be more jobs."

Jocelyn Gonzalez: "I would make sure everybody gets food and everyone has school and that everyone has clothes." She also said she'd like to be the first woman president.

Jennifer Doherty: "I would make sure there is enough money to give to all the school and the districts. I would make sure they have enough money to buy all the supplies for the kids." She also admitted she likes school.

Jesús Pérez: "The people who are poor and don't have jobs, I would give them jobs."

Gael Garcia: "I would take care of the environment and people would help me."

Bryanna Gutierrez: "I would make sure the school have money and they are safe."

Constantino Garcia: "If I was president, I would change the laws and make more good laws. For the people that don't have food I would have people that don't use all their food put the food in a big box and give it to the people who don't have food."

Jennifer Rosillo: "I would give money to schools and people so they wouldn't be poor."

Aniesa Vasquez: "I would make a better change in the world. I would make sure sick kids get money for their clothes and get them good care, like good hospitals."

Thanks to Trull, who provided the background for the children's answers. 

She introduced the subject by reminding students of the upcoming election. Trull also showed them maps of both the United States and of the world and talked of the impact the elections would have both within and outside of the borders of the U.S.

Trull reminded students that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, is the incumbent, and that Mitt Romney is the Republican challenger.

Students were reminded that a woman has never been president or vice president of the United States and that voting is an important responsibility of U.S. citizens.

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Keri Brenner (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM
These kids are just priceless. Great story, Ann! Gives us all hope for the future. Thanks!
Ann Carranza October 31, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Yes, Keri, the students are kindhearted and thoughtful. I am so inspired by their desire to help those less fortunate.


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