Sisters Lauren Zachas, 5, and Sarah Zachas, 8, cast their ballots in the special "Kids Vote" elections inside the Windham polls Tuesday afternoon. Local children had the chance to vote on their favorite school activities while their parents voted at the actual polls on more adult-oriented topics like the town budget and union contracts. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Voting is not just for adults in Windham
WINDHAM -- Shortly before 3 p.m., 1,560 voters has passed through the polls at Windham High School.
Those not yet of legal voting age also had the chance to get their voices heard as school officials and volunteers held a special "Kids Vote" election on the opposite end of the gymnasium.
Windham High School freshman Annie MacLeod, one of the day's many volunteers, said the district's elementary school students were pretty excited to have their say in upcoming activities at their respective schools.
"They can vote on future movie days or field days," MacLeod said. "They can even vote on whether or not they'd like music played during lunch."
Each "Kids Vote" participant left with an official "I voted" sticker and the thrill of performing one's civic duty.
Inside the school's front foyer, a number of community organizations took advantage of the chance to hobnob with incoming voters.
Among them was sixth grader Victoria InDelicato, who sold dozens of handmade flower clips she'd been making with friends over the past several months.
Proceeds from flower sales went towards the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer charity.
Outside on the pathway leading up to the front entrance, Windham mother Andrea Peters urged passers-by to vote in favor of School Warrant Article 2, a two-year contract with the district's teacher's association.
"We're delighted with our teachers and we'd like them to stay," Peters said.