HAHE students learn about election process with benefit for them, charity

Huntington Area Home School student Sydney Kline (left) presents a check for $100 to Joey Spiegel, executive director of Love INC, after Kline successfully campaigned to win support for the organization. Photo provided.

Huntington Area Home Educators (HAHE) recently learned about the election process with a two-fold benefit.

Each middle school student chose a charity and campaigned for the organization. Over the process of eight weeks, students raised $100 by doing work, asking for donations and contributing their own allowances.

Students made campaign signs and invited fellow students, friends and parents to hear speeches and vote for their favorite charity.

A primary election was held on Oct. 23, narrowing the race from six students to two. The final election was held on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with approximately 60 people in attendance to hear the speeches and vote.

Sydney Kline, who campaigned for Love INC, was declared the winner.

Kline is the daughter of Wil and Lesley Kline, of Huntington.

Runner-up was Aiden Disinger, who campaigned for Operation Christmas Child.

Disinger is the son of Kevin and Stacey Disinger, of Columbia City.

Other students who participated were Isaac Albright, Lilyanna Alexander, Hannah Kingrey and Mary Layman.

The class is taught by Donisa Alexander and is part of a weekly HAHE co-op held at the Huntington Baptist Church.