Early Childhood Photos

Kindergartners Write Letters to the President-Elect

By Kristen McNicholas — November 14, 2016 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Three teachers at the Co-op School, a private school in Brooklyn, N.Y., had each of their students write letters to the new president-elect, Donald Trump. Teacher Dahna Bozarth wrote about the exercise for Education Week. Photos by Bozarth, and her teacher colleagues, Allison Woodin and Emily Silver.

Teacher Emily Silver helps kindergartners at the Co-op School in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn, draft letters to President-elect Donald Trump. The letters will be mailed to the new President.

Today in the Lion class, it was important to talk about the Presidential results. We knew that with a life lesson or disappointment, there is a teachable moment. We compared President-elect Donald Trump to our many new friends (aka our persona dolls). We remembered that on each of our students’ first days in our class, we were expected to be role models, to show them what’s important in kindergarten.

02 k ke

We discussed how Donald Trump will be totally new to the presidency, and maybe isn’t quite sure how to do his job just yet. He will look around and see beautiful hearts like ours and know that compassion and kindness is something that is important for his people. We concluded we have to be his role model.

The Lions wrote a letter to President-elect Trump, and we will later take a trip to a mail box to send our letters to him. In the classroom, we are talking about what we can do to spread positivity, think constructively, empower ourselves and exercise our powerful words.

03 k ke

The Lions were asked two questions. Here are some of their responses:

What is the President’s job?
Chance – to take care of the world
Liev – He goes in a big building and sits on the top and works to be compassionate
Gus – to take care of the world and treat everyone with respect
Rishi – to be respectful and kind to other people
Calvin – to rule our state (country)
Ellie – President is supposed to run the country
Mateo – he is the boss of the country
Robin – to keep everybody safe and next year Hillary Clinton will be the president

How will he know what makes us happy?
Nico – if we teach him how to be nicer than he is now
Chance – we can teach him to be kinder and not to do bad things
Liev – to teach him to be compassionate be kind be nice and to not make a wall
Lee – we can teach him compassion
Zymair – we can teach him a lesson
Khalifa – keep the town safe and don’t let it be destroyed
Miles – he will know if we write him a letter
Ogden – the president could go some where to not learn bad words and learn good words. As president he could say good words

04 k ke

It is important we…
Are nice – Joseph
Use kind words – Alice
We should not hate women we should treat them nice – Lee
Be nice to boys – Khalifa
Are happy and love everybody – Robin
Are nice – Mateo

We spoke about how it is our new president’s job to make us feel happy and safe. We concluded that he will be new at his job and maybe needs some of our suggestions and advice. Just like a common cold, kindness and compassion are contagious. It starts with us.

05 k ke

The teachers had full hearts as the Lions worked together to spread the love that comes so naturally to them. We are so proud of our young activists!

06 k ke

Related Tags:

A version of this article first appeared in the Full Frame blog.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Classroom Strategies for Building Equity and Student Confidence
Shape equity, confidence, and success for your middle school students. Join the discussion and Q&A for proven strategies.
Content provided by Project Lead The Way
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Professional Development Webinar
Disrupting PD Day in Schools with Continuous Professional Learning Experiences
Hear how this NC School District achieved district-wide change by shifting from traditional PD days to year-long professional learning cycles
Content provided by BetterLesson
Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Early Childhood Opinion What K-12 Can Learn from Pre-K
Early-childhood education has valuable lessons to share with K-12.
5 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
Early Childhood Which States Offer Universal Pre-K? It's More Complicated Than You Might Think
Universal pre-K is growing in popularity. Here are the states that have already established universal preschool programs or policies.
2 min read
Early Childhood Support for Universal Pre-K Grows as More States Jump on Board
New Mexico became the latest state to approve investments in pre-K programs.
5 min read
A Pre-K student plays with the class guinea pig at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Aug. 17, 2021. Oklahoma is one of a handful of states offering universal pre-k to all students.
A prekindergarten student plays with the class guinea pig at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 2021. Oklahoma is one of a handful of states offering universal pre-K.
Sue Ogrocki/AP
Early Childhood As Head Start Quality Push Continues, Advocates Raise Red Flag on Equity
Inadequate federal funding forces Head Start providers to choose between quality and quantity, a new report contends.
2 min read
A multi-ethnic group of preschool students is sitting with their legs crossed on the floor in their classroom. The mixed-race female teacher is sitting on the floor facing the children. The happy kids are smiling and following the teacher's instructions. They have their arms raised in the air.