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School Zone: Amherst students favor Obama in mock elections

Regional Middle School students gave 310 votes to President Barack Obama in a mock election last week, while Gov. Mitt Romney got only 28 votes. Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 15 votes, and write-ins included Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Chuck Norris and Steven Colbert. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, got 278 votes, and Republican Sen. Scott Brown got 55.

In the Amherst Regional High School mock election, Obama received 74.6 percent of the vote, while Romney got only 6.2 percent, getting outvoted by Stein at 6.6 percent and Independent candidate Gary Johnson at 8.4 percent. Warren received 84.7 percent of the votes to Brown’s 15 percent.

Fifth-graders at Fort River School organized a mock presidential election Monday, acting as poll workers, guiding students and faculty to the voting booths, counting the ballots and reporting the results to the school. A total of 418 ballots were cast, 359 by students and 59 by staff. Obama received 376 votes and Romney got 41.

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DATING DANGERS: “Flirting with Danger,” the new 52-minute film about how young women navigate relationships, rape and harassment, will likely be shown at Amherst Regional High School in early January, said Parent Council member Mary Jo Viderman. The film, by University of Massachusetts professor Lynn Phillips, debuted at the Amherst Cinema Oct. 21.

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WINTER CLOTHING: There will a collection and free distribution of winter clothing this month. Coats, snowpants, boots, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves can be dropped off in the lobby of Crocker Farm School through Nov. 26. Parents who need these items for their children can pick them up at the school Nov. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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GRANTS AVAILABLE: An information session on the Amherst Education Foundation’s grants for next year will be next Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in the superintendent’s conference room at the middle school. The foundation will fund two to four grants between $10,000 and $25,000 each, and proposals are due Jan. 15, 2013.

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AND: There will be no school next Monday because of Veterans Day...The Regional School Committee will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the ARHS library, and the tentative agenda includes a discussion of next year’s budget, a review of fees, ARHS course proposals and an update on enrollment...The Special Education Parent Advisory Council will host a reception for Faye Brady, the new director of student services, Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at ARHS, Room 13...Myra Ross, the ARHS college adviser, will meet with parents and students next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the library...The ARHS Future Business Leaders Group will receive an award at Western Mass. Philanthropy Day Wednesday.

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