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Trump, Clinton visit Chapel Hill students during model election

Source: Chapel Hill ISD Source: Chapel Hill ISD
Source: Chapel Hill ISD Source: Chapel Hill ISD
Source: Chapel Hill ISD Source: Chapel Hill ISD
CHAPEL HILL, TX (KLTV) -

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are paying a visit to an East Texas school - sort of.

The "visit" was part of a lesson in civics for Chapel Hill Middle School students. Educators dressed as the candidates roamed the halls Wednesday, visiting with students about the 2016 election campaign season.

The activity is part of the school's model election project and it's an inclusive effort that combines social studies, art, computer, government and math lessons.

"It is important for students to become engaged in the electoral process and become aware of the importance of exercising the right to vote for the people who fill the offices of our government," says Vicki Cantrell, administrative assistant.

This is the second time the school has held the model election, administrators also held a mock election for the 2012 cycle. That election won national honors for being student-led and for creativity, school officials say.

"Next week we will have presentations concerning the party platforms," science teacher David Peacock says. Peacock is one of the actors portraying the candidates.

Peacock has conducted model elections at every school where he's been employed.

It's a collaborative effort, he says.

"The Social Studies teachers have been discussing the election with the students. Our art department has created campaign posters that are on display throughout our school. Math classes will use the data compiled to make graphs and charts concerning the results," Peacock says.

The technology classes are designing a computer program that will be utilized in the voting process.

All individual activities lead up to Nov. 8, when students will cast their votes and tally and compile statistics.

Voting will be conducted online, Peacock says, and the information will be submitted to a national voting organization that recognizes model elections across the U.S.

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