“Absolutely, you are trying to get the majority of votes to
win, but there is a lot to do before then.”
“Cool,” said Cam. “What do I do first?”
“I thought about this a lot last night,” I replied. “So, you
know how Tommy studies great quarterbacks to learn how to
throw good passes? Well, I’m thinking we should study some
of the best leaders in our history to learn how to win this
election. We could enlist Liberty and go back in time to learn
from the best.”
“Sounds awesome, but how do we do that? I mean, who
would we visit?”
“Here’s what I’m thinking. I called Principal Sherman and
asked if I could organize an after-school club. He said yes, as long
as we have at least ten students and their parents approve. He also
said we can use one of the classrooms after school is out.”
“Okay, awesome,” Cam said. “So, who will we go see first?”
I smiled widely, thrilled with Cam’s excitement, and said, “Who
would be better than the first president of the United States? You
want to be student body president, right? I can’t think of a better
person to learn from first than George Washington.”
“Oh, good one. Okay, I’m in.” Cam said.
“If you remember, the last time we saw George Washing-
ton was in 1776, but he wasn’t president yet. At that time, he
was leading America’s Continental Army against the mighty
“Oh yeah, I remember that,” Cam said. “He wanted to
recruit Liberty to be one of his soldiers, but Liberty passed out
at the thought of it.” We both laughed at the recollection.
“There was so much going on with the war and everything, but George Washington was really awesome and nice to
me,” said Cam.
I nodded. “When we go back in time to see George Wash-
ington this time, he will be president. I hope he will have some
tips for you about how to run your campaign. And more im-
portantly, how to be a good president, if you win.”
“Awesome,” Cam said, pumping his fist. “I knew you were
the best person to ask, Mr. Revere.”
“Well, thank you very much. It is an honor to help, and
I know your dad will be proud to hear about your plan to run
for office,” I said.
“But, wait, who’s going to be in the club?” Cam asked.
“What are we going to do?”
“You should invite Tommy and Freedom, of course. But
we’ll need to recruit at least seven more. I’m sure you’ll want
Elizabeth in the club, right?” I winked.
Cam laughed. “Good one, Mr. Revere. But I’d rather play
soccer with a hive of angry bees.”
I was glad that Cam wanted to avoid Elizabeth. But I had
a feeling the two of them were on a collision course — just like
the American Patriots and King George III.
That afternoon, around fifteen minutes before the start of
classes, Cam and I arrived at Principal Sherman’s office. We said
hello to the school administrator, and she asked us to take a
seat. After a few minutes, Principal Sherman opened his door.
He seemed to take up the whole doorway, and he wore a serious
“Mr. Revere and Cameron, good afternoon. Come on in,”
Principal Sherman said. He held out his hand to guide us, and
we entered his office and sat down in the two leather chairs
facing his desk.
“Thank you very much for seeing us, Principal. Cam had
a few questions about the upcoming student body elections,”
Cam nodded nervously, sitting up straight in his chair. He
looked at the picture of the principal’s family, including Eliza-
beth Sherman. “Yes, Principal Sherman, um, I want to run for
president, but I don’t really know what to do, so Mr. Revere
said to come get the rules.”
Principal Sherman did not smile as he pulled a stapled
packet of paper from his desk drawer. He handed the docu-
ment to Cam. “Here you go,” he said seriously. “Read through
this packet for all the details about the election. Your first step is
to fill out the candidate application. You should fill out all the
reasons you want to be student body president.”
“Okay,” Cam said quietly, looking at the typed text.
Principal Sherman leaned forward in his chair. “In a little
over a month every student at Manchester Middle School will
vote for anyone who is running for each position. Simply, the
student with the most votes is elected.”
“Easy enough,” Cam said, flipping through the pages.
“Not so fast,” Principal Sherman said, looking intently at
Cam. “The rules in that packet must be followed exactly, or else
the candidate will be disqualified. There are limits on the number of posters, how much you spend, what you give away, your
use of social media, and on your conduct during the election.
If the teachers supervising the election find that any of the rules
are broken, you will not be elected.”
“That is very important to remember,” I said softly to
Cam. “Make sure to read that packet a few times to get all
“Excellent,” Principal Sherman said, as he rose. We un-
derstood that it was time to leave and got up to go. “The big
event to add to your calendar is the candidates’ speeches the day
before the election. There, you will get to tell the other students
about yourself and what you plan to do for your school.”
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