Kid Reporters put together an election for the Rising Star Awards again, creating promotions, campaigns, ballots and ballot boxes after school. The Rising Star is a student (they decided) who grew during the year by working through a productive struggle.
Fairness was at the top of their concerns which meant they debated and voted on all major decisions and put aside their own desires for the sake of the group decision. And no electioneering the day of the election and no overt bribes (cupcakes given freely ok, but money to buy votes was a no no). These are all rules the kids came up with. The kids decided that 4th graders should vote as well since they would soon be 5th graders and this would be on the ballot next year. Adults were only facilitators. Kid Reporters worked for 8 weeks, peer-to-peer after school to put together this election.
Kid Reporters explained the election process to all 4th and 5th grade classes.