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If Holy Name Second Graders were president ...

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Beginning on President’s Day, Holy Name Catholic School second grade teacher Mandy Leach has led her classroom through an educational unit called “If I Were President." The project is meant to encourage students to learn more about the responsibilities and challenges of the national office, as well as learn basics about the voting process. On Friday, March 4, eight second graders completed the study unit by standing in front of their classmates, parents, grandparents and other visitors to give a speech on why they would make a good president. As part of their studies, the students studied creating and sticking to budgets, as well as general problem solving. “We’ve done a mini-unit on economics and what that means for our country and what problems we have,” explained Leach. “They also did animal conservation so they had to choose an animal that they would like to help out if they were president.” Students were also assigned a take-home project of creating a monument. They were allowed to recreate an existing monument or come up with a new one that they would deem important if they were elected president. “I got some really cool projects,” said Leach. “There is a red, white and blue flag made using small plastic soldiers, a Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, two Titanics, one Twin Towers and even a ‘Haden-bot’ which is the name of one of the students. If she were president, she decided she would want a monument of herself!” “I feel the best part is they have learned about budgets,” she continued. “So on a class level we talked about a budget for the United States and then on an individual level they did a budget for the school. They each got two dollars in dimes and had to figure out where the most dimes should go and what should get the least amount of dimes. They have loved it.” Holy Name has shared the following photos with Dally. *Holy Name student Hayden Lewallen h/t Holy Name Catholic School / Pitchengine Communities* *Holy Name student Michaela Miller, h/t Holy Name Catholic School / Pitchengine Communities* *Holy Name student Connor Wood h/t Holy Name Catholic School / Pitchengine Communities*