Greenville elementary teacher helps students learn election lessons

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – While the elections are over, emotions are still running high among students at Falkland Elementary School.

Teachers at the school said it is important to let the students express their feelings, and fourth-grade teacher Kelly Zimmerman allowed her students to share their opinions Wednesday afternoon.

“Many kids already had an idea of who they want,” said Zimmerman. “As teachers, we try and give them both sides and be impartial but just give them the facts and let them decide instead of being influenced.”

Many chose Hillary Clinton and said they’re upset she didn’t win.

Zimmerman said she hopes her young students understand they can be the change they want to see in the world.

Many of her students want to start Wednesday by writing a letter to the new president.

Zimmerman hopes parents also take the time to explain to their kids about voting and how it can shape their future.

Child development experts say that is a good way to display good sportsmanship, regardless if your candidate wins or loses.

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