Campaign Money

“Do you have any campaign money?”

This is the question that 8th graders asked frequently throughout the first month of the school year. What does it mean? Well, since it is election year 2012, the 8th graders are having a mock election. The first part of an election is to get money for your campaign. To represent that, 6th and 7th graders received fake money, which the 8th grade campaigns would try to get from you. The first attempts at getting campaign money did not go so well. I heard some things as crazy as “I will give you a hug.” I heard that specific one a couple of times.

Halfway through the first month of school, everybody had given away their campaign money. However, since there were really crazy offers for campaign money, we had to start over. For the second time, 6th and 7th graders received campaign money and were instructed again to give them out to the campaigns. I was very excited to find out what new approaches the campaigns would take.

The new approaches were actually very smart. The 8th grade campaigns started having bake sales at lunch but instead of asking for real money, they would ask you for campaign money. There were some pretty good deals in some of the bake sales. “2 cookies for one campaign dollar.” What did the 6th and 7th graders think of this? They loved this idea of food for campaign dollars. And thus the chaos began again. Every time there was a bake sale, you would see huge lines at the tables. I couldn’t count how many people lined up for food and beverages.

To this point the campaigns were only worried about the campaign money. However, they forgot about the most important thing. The 6th and 7th graders have to vote for a campaign. Thus, began the bigger crowds and the crazier lunchroom. Why did this start happening? It is because campaigns started selling food and beverages for free and were asking that the people vote.

Now think for a second. You hand out food and beverages for free, and only want the people to vote instead of just tellingthem to vote. Personally, if I could get food and beverages for free, I would get it and probably not vote for that campaign. I would just thank them for the freefood and beverages.

The moral of this story is, be careful with who you vote for. This is the moral because some campaigns just tried to bribe you but won’t actually do anything for the school.

~Photo by Talia Cieslinski