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Elk Grove Students Answer: 'If I Were President'

From free cookies to lower taxes and more environmental protections, students at elementary schools in Elk Grove said what they would change if they were elected president.

Click here to read part two with more responses and illustrations from Elk Grove elementary school students.

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will debate for the first time Wednesday night, but it's likely neither candidate will propose free pizza or extended recess times.

Students at elementary schools in Elk Grove, in response to requests from Elk Grove Patch, submitted ideas for what they would do if they were president. The ideas ranged from serious proposals for helping schools to whimsical ideas only kids would propose.

"Also, the government would help fund our children's college fund by giving the kids money for college," Cody, a student in Jim Bentley's class at Foulks Ranch Elementary School, wrote. "Then I would give everybody a puppy or a kitten or BOTH!"

Students also touched on the economy, saying they would help the poor and create jobs.

"If I was the president, the first thing I would do as president is to print more money for Americans," wrote Ethan, a student in Candy Flink's third grade class at James McKee Elementary School. "I would do this so that people would not lose their homes and have money to buy things that they need."

"If I were president, I would help create more jobs and help improve our economy," wrote Haley, another student in Bentley's class at Foulks Ranch. "To help create jobs, I would try to fundraise money to places that offer a job, so that they don't have to fire anyone from their business. I think that too many people are losing their homes and their jobs, and I think with the right amount of time and effort, we could change our economy."

Some students were more self-interested.

“If I was the president, the first thing I would do is be a Raider season ticket holder first row for free," wrote Maddox, a third grader in Jodi Boyle’s class at Cosumnes River Elementary School. "I would do that because I like the Raiders. I would also do it because I am the president and I get free stuff."

"I would make a law that allows kids to have one hour of recess," Walter, a student in Bentley's class at Foulks Ranch, wrote. "The final law I would make is that every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday people give me cookies."

Other students addressed public health issues.

"If I was president, I would raise the cost of fast food and lower the price of all fruits and vegetables," Prairie Elementary School sixth grader Josue, a student in Jessika Agustin’s class, wrote. "Not only will this help the environment, but it would help people, especially kids, be a lot healthier!"

And of course, it wouldn't be right if at least one student didn't propose outlawing homework.

“If I were president, I would say no more homework," wrote Sofia, another third grader in Boyle’s class at Cosumnes River Elementary. "I would say tacos and mac and cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I also would say no drugs!  I would because they can cause heart disease and cancer.  I would also say no to bullying."

Read more of the responses at right and below, and click here to read part two with more responses and illustrations from elementary school students.

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James McKee Elementary School

Candy Flink’s Class (3rd Grade)

  • “If I was president, the first thing that I would do is get homes for the people who don’t have homes or give money to people to buy homes.  I would do this because some people are struggling and poor and they need protection.” – Mia
  • “If I was president of the United States, I would make peace with all of the countries in the world.  There would be no more wars and no more people dying.  I would also help Greece have more money.” – V’Angelo
  • “If I was the president, the first thing I would do as president is to print more money for Americans.  I would do this so that people would not lose their homes and have money to buy things that they need.” – Ethan
  • “If I was president, the first thing I would do as president is make stuff a little cheaper.  Restaurants, toy stores and grocery stores are getting expensive these days.” – Jacob
  • “If I was president, I would tell people they needed to share and help other people.  I would ask people to care for others so that we would have a better world.” – Ximena

Cosumnes River Elementary School

Jodi Boyle’s Class (3rd Grade)

  • “If I was the president, the first thing I would do is be a Raider season ticket holder first row for free.  I would do that because I like the Raiders.  I would also do it because I am the president and I get free stuff.” – Maddox
  • “If I was president, I would make a command.  Then I would go watch a movie in my very own movie theater.  I would do those two things because I always wanted to rule my brother.  I also wanted to see a movie because I like movies.  If would be fun to be president.” – Paige
  • “If I were president, I would say no more homework.  I would say tacos and mac and cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I also would say no drugs!  I would because they can cause heart disease and cancer.  I would also say no to bullying.” – Sofia

Prairie Elementary School 

Jessika Agustin’s Class (6th Grade)

  • “If I was president, I would give back to my community by helping the underprivileged kids and help inspire others to continue to help one another.” – Zhamara
  • “If I was president, I would raise the cost of fast food and lower the price of all fruits and vegetables.  Not only will this help the environment, but it would help people, especially kids, be a lot healthier!” – Josue
  • “If I was president, I would close down all fast food restaurants unless they agreed to serve healthier choices with less meat options!” – Lionel
  • “If I was president, I would help clean the earth and speak to others all over the world on how to keep our earth safe and clean of pollution.” – Isabella
  • “If I was president, I would help immigrants receive a better education for a college degree.” – Humberto

Foulks Ranch Elementary School

Jim Bentley's Class

  • "If I was president I would create more clubs or mets to help our environment. Also, the government would help fund our children's college fund by giving the kids money for college. Then I would give everybody a puppy or a kitten or BOTH! Finally, everybody gets their own computer of their choice. Also, free pizza for 11 years. Those are a few changes I would make if I was president." – Cody
  • "If I was the president I would ask Congress to pass many new laws. I would make a law that every teacher in the world gets 10 iMacs in their classroom. Also, I would make it so that no one ever has to pay taxes. I would make a law that allows kids to have one hour of recess. The final law I would make is that every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday people give me cookies." – Walter
  • "If I was president, I would want to make our environment safer. I feel that people need to stop carrying guns around with them. A lot of people are getting killed just when they are walking around town. The only time you should be able to carry a gun around is when you are away from a town or when you are in the country on a farm or in the woods. People that are in gangs carry guns around, they should get arrested for even having one that is empty. If people stop carrying guns around, people would not be losing their family members. To help our economy and create more jobs, I would pay people a little less so that companies can keep their employees but still be able to pay them." – Emily
  • "If I was president I would fence off the rainforest and anything nature because I want animals to live in peace and very often I would give the animals a lot of the food we harvest. If anyone but me goes into the forest and hunts, they will go to jail for 30 days. I propose to give homeless people money and help everyone [get] food, money and shelter." – Danville
  • "If I were president, I would help create more jobs and help improve our economy. To help create jobs, I would try to fundraise money to places that offer a job, so that they don't have to fire anyone from their business. I think that too many people are losing their homes and their jobs, and I think with the right amount of time and effort, we could change our economy." – Haley

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Renee Still Day October 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I agree.
Renee Still Day October 03, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Add this to the last five.....Obama will win this election and be our President for another 4 years, bringing our economy and respect as a nation back where it belongs.
Al Kalitta October 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
if i was president i would have all the retired people put to death . so i could have all the money
cathy bacot October 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Kids for the most part want to help others, that's why they write these kinds of things. It's innocence at it's greatest. They, unlike most adults, see a homeless person and wonder "why don't we help him?" Because they know that no normal person would choose to live that way. Adults see a homeless person and say "He should get a job and stop begging in the street". They don't think about the many sad reasons why this person is living in the street. Children follow the teachings of Jesus without even realizing it. Adults are more critical and judgmental, Except for the liberals I guess since as you point out most of these kids sound like liberals.
P October 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
It is a joke as to the assumptions posted here. Not surprising kids grow up to be as screwed up as they are. Just stating the FACTS.
Nikki Melvin October 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
What about Reaganomics?? Oh, I'm sorry. You must not have been a low-income minority during the 1980s.
Christian Ocon October 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
These kids are young and idealistic. They don't yet understand the complex mechanics of economies, so of course they say things like this. They simply don't yet understand things like that printing more money breeds inflation. But this sort of "indoctrination" fear mongering is exactly the kind of thing that puts a stop to intelligent conversation in this country. And exactly the kind of thing we've come to expect from any Tea Party supporter. You want a history lesson? Our Founders were forced to draft our supposedly "limited-government oriented" Constitution after realizing that the Articles of Confederation made government too weak. After 8 years, they threw it out the window in order to create stronger, more centralized government capable of effectively governing a Republic.
Brye White October 03, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Wow here I thought that this was just a nice story about how kids see the world. If I'd known that there was a hidden liberal agenda at work I would have better prepared myself against the on coming apocalypse. It's the kid that wants the tacos and mac and cheese that started it isn't it. That must be what they serve at these indoctrinations you guys are talking about. Good thing there are wonderful people out there that make sure I know that all the kids in the world are secretly working for one of the political parties.
Diane October 03, 2012 at 07:50 PM
People commenting on the liberalism of children need to get off the internet and get a life. Evidently they don't have any kids or know any. Spend some time with some kids and listen to them. Kids don't have preconceptions and have not been indoctrinated, unlike the adults. They speak from their hearts and with their innocence. Unfortunately, all too soon, the innocence will be gone and their hearts hardened by the society we live in. Don't you find that sad? Don't you find it sad that elementary school kids are thinking about guns and drugs and homelessness and hunger, when all they should be thinking about is recess? I do.
Bwood October 03, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Al, why not just ask your parents for the all their money now so you won't have to wait for them to be euthanized?
Bwood October 03, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I agree, Diane. M. Legison, be gone!
Bwood October 03, 2012 at 08:36 PM
M., do you recall at what age paranoia first entered your thoughts?
M.Legison October 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Liberalism at its finest. Free speech for me, but not for thee.
Paul Wrubel October 03, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Till dumbass Renee Still Day. With Obama we will all die. If u payed attention to anything the man does, he's bringing us closer to WW3. Did you know he back stabbed Isreal and Poland, and that we are no longer allies with them. Did you know that he is pulling out all missile systems out of Poland and taking away all funds from Isreral. Also he is backing Russia and giving them supplies to build nukes. Also that are real unemployment is over 16% and he has added more debt then all other 43 presidents combined. Congrats he is wonderfull, and bringing us closer to amargedon by supporting Muslim nations that despise Isreal and countries that would love to attack Eastern Europe. Yeah he will bring us happy days, when we are all dead and in heaven
Bwood October 03, 2012 at 09:25 PM
"Reagan was a great president. Best 2 term President the US has had in 50 years." Jim, I beg to differ. Go to this link and take your pick… http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=reagan+our+worst+president&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 I will never understand what this country finds so endearing about this phony cowboy.
Bwood October 03, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Hey Paul, after four years, we're not dead yet. How do you explain that?
Cody Kitaura (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Folks, please keep this conversation on topic and away from personal attacks. Thanks!
Bwood October 03, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Reagan WASN'T a good president. Here's some indoctrination for you. Take your pick. http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=reagan+our+worst+president&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
Bwood October 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Cody, we need you as moderator at the debate tonight!
Jamie White October 03, 2012 at 10:15 PM
So I am thinking maybe we need to lower the age requirement for presidential candidates, to say 8 or 10? : )
Renee Still Day October 03, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I agree Diane, it is very sad. Why are all the things these children wrote about so threatening to the Right wing? Because they have pure hearts and the Republicans have NO HEARTS! It would literally give them strokes if they actually had to do something caring or nice for another human being less fortunate than themselves......and the REALLY sad thing is that so many of them call themselves "Christians". I doubt seriously that Christ would agree with their selfish way of thinking.
luckyfreeman October 04, 2012 at 01:00 AM
as far as bwood is concerned I first wondered about paranoia when Adolph started to require nazi firearms registration then firearms confiscation the house to house warrantless searches by local authorities then when the police started to drag the unarmed defensless men out of thier homes...Then the military came in and raped the woman and young girls and dragged them off to the walk in ovens for a nice home cooked meal...,,,All I can see is the unarmed American taxpayers being dragged out of thier homes unarmed an into the ovens..same thing here by the same control freaks that want to give up thier right to keep and bear arms
luckyfreeman October 04, 2012 at 01:08 AM
what do you expect they are children that are good innocent and trusting...They expect things to always be the same as mommy and daddy have always given them a place to sleep a big screen tv...the cartoons...candy icecream...clothes...a warm meal on the table..who cares wether it was from the food pantry and they are all living in the city on housing in some poor struggling landlords house, drinking the water and running up the bills that the landlord has provided ..sitting on the landlords toilet...getting an education from teachers that the property owning landlords tax dollars is paying for...getting police protection that the landlords property tax dollars is paying for and it goes on and on and on...until all the landlords are driven into foreclosure with insane rental laws...
luckyfreeman October 04, 2012 at 01:22 AM
eggzactly...i have worked for over 45years and have medical insurance i am almost 57 and have insurance from work but they do not pay for shingles vacine until i am 60...
luckyfreeman October 04, 2012 at 01:24 AM
what the landlords paid for thier education via their propert tax money...in all the cities across the nation...
luckyfreeman October 04, 2012 at 01:25 AM
agreed
luckyfreeman October 04, 2012 at 01:26 AM
it only applies to non american illegals tresspassing on american soil..its called racial profiling
luckyfreeman October 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
by 8 or 10 years old they can do math..most of them what is 17 x 10 to the plus 12.zeroe's ..now show me 1% of that = 17 x 10 +10 zeroes...rather a big number HUH
Will October 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Really!! As a proud grandfather of one of the authors, please refrain from personal attacks. Prehaps these future leaders are looking beyond us, and looking at world as it should be versus what we have allowed it to become. Regardless of what you believe, we don't live forever and they will inherit the earth.
Bwood October 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
"All I can see is the unarmed American taxpayers being dragged out of thier homes unarmed an into the ovens..same thing here by the same control freaks that want to give up thier right to keep and bear arms." If that's all you can see, you need some new glasses. I think what you need to do is become a mercenary and go join a war somewhere where you can release some of that paranoia and pent-up aggression. That will give you something to do instead of attempting to hijack this thread which was presented as a forum for ELEMENTARY school students to express their opinions..

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