BALLSTON SPA: Kids have their say

Students overwhelmingly felt safe in school on a daily basis (46-6); and felt prepared by safety drills (yes, 46-5). They also weren't worried about the threat of violence or emergencies (44-9).

The kids will hopefully learn more about the voting process, see the communities involvement in school governance and hopefully learn to be lifelong participants in our democratic society, said Stuart Williams, community resources coordinator for the district.

"Many teachers incorporate this into their class and discuss the importance of voting. The young kids actually pick the principal's tie for the next day so they see immediate results," he added.

Sheila Gregoire, a computer instructor at Malta Avenue Intermediate School, assisted with the development of the electronic polling for the students. In addition to being able to offer up their opinions, students also received a free ice cream cone from the Ballston Spa McDonald's. ""

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