Inauguration Day: Teaching Warren County youth democracy

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Another day in history, turns in to a teachable moment at Warren Elementary.

"Today we're just learning about the inauguration. You know, this is the kids' first inauguration that they are actually able to understand, and you know, no matter the outcome, I wanted them to understand that this is history that they're watching," Fifth grade teacher, Ms. Adriane Watt stated.

As Donald Trump took the presidential oath of office, Ms. Watt saw this moment as a great way to put pencil to paper for her students.

"There's a lot of mixed feelings, so I wanted them to get it out on paper how they felt while watching the inauguration."

And her fifth graders understood that this moment will affect our country years to come.

"We were writing, I was writing, I was amazed, but, cause some people were mad at Donald Trump, but we're going to have to deal with it cause he's going to be our president for the next four years," Joselyn Harris stated.

Harris also says President Trump's speech seemed to deem hopeful for Americans.

"I was feeling bad about Donald Trump before the election, because I believed all the stuff on social media, but when he gave that speech, it sounded like he was like actually letting us have a voice in the government."

Eder Jerez says President Trump's speech moved the leader in himself.

"What I said was, 'when they did their speeches, they said it with such confidence, bravery and heart. They said it with such passion and love, like they really meant the words they said out of their mouths. They said it like leaders. But the things that I adored are the things that mattered.'"

While watching her students putting their thoughts on to paper, Ms. Watt knows her students' potential could move a nation.

"You know, as fifth graders, people think 'oh, they're kids,' but they really do have a say.

Student Natajia Alexander says if she could sit down with Donald Trump, she would have some questions ready for the 45th president.

"We're writing questions if we were sitting right in front of Donald Trump. One question is, why did you run for president? Did you not take the money cause you are already wealthy, or you want to use it for another cause?"

And Natajia understands this day will bring an impact in more ways than one.

"This is going to be history, and this is my first time watching one of these. I hope he does well with our country, I hope he keeps it standing, and just make it better."

As an educational follow-up, Ms. Watt's class will be taking a trip to Washington D.C. in March to witness and experience the Capitol Building, Monticello and even tour the White House.



 
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