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Elementary school using debate as learning opportunity

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - It is not just the college students who are learning from the political process. Some elementary school students are getting an education in Politics 101 as well.

"If Obama will come, John McCain should come too," student Cortez Webb said.
 
"John McCain might not show up unless Washington DC doesn't pass that, uh, law," student Devon Gordon said. 
 
Not bad for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in Oxford at Lafayette Upper Elementary, who spent Thursday decorating hallways and classrooms while Oxford and Ole Miss prepared for Friday night's main event.

"We have been talking about what the steps of the process is to get to the debate and what steps of the process there are," nine-year-old Tori Daniels said. 

Having a presidential debate in Oxford is giving teachers a great opportunity to teach students about the presidency both past and present, the three branches of the federal government, and the United States constitution.
 
"Once in a lifetime experience and we've enjoyed getting together the activities throughout the building," school principal Thomas Tillman said.

A once in a lifetime experience hoping for a once in a lifetime visit.
 
"John McCain and Barack Obama might come to this school and we wanted to look as best as we can for them," student Hunter Harwell said. 
 
A historic time in Oxford and an education the grade school students will always treasure.


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