By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Second grade students at Ackerman Elementary School surprised Fifth Circuit Court District Judge Joey Loper with their knowledge of the presidential election process.
Judge Loper visited Mrs. McCulloch’s second grade class on February 19 to speak about the election process.
While talking about how the United States elects our president, the students seemed to surprise him with their knowledge of the Electoral College including how many electoral votes each state has.
Judge Loper shared interesting facts about President William Taft including that he visited Ackerman once. Judge Loper said President Taft visited Ackerman on November 2, 1909 and was met at the train depot by hundreds of school children.
Also while visiting the classroom, Judge Loper shared some of his presidential election campaign memorabilia. One item he showed the students was a sign from Ronald Reagan’s first presidential campaign. Judge Loper proudly told them how he shook Reagan’s hand at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980.
Judge Loper explained how the campaign memorabilia is a “part of history” and how we should “respect the office of the president.”
While learning about the election process, the second graders wrote persuasive essays and held a class election for class president.
They also learned about the court process and held a mock trial.