Yesterday one of my fourth graders (in the green jacket above) was absent, off with his family getting out the vote in Pennsylvania. When I mentioned that yesterday morning, several other children said they too had been in Pennsylvania several times, going door to door, campaigning for our now president-elect. Today my class is abubble with the results.Many were wakened by their parents to hear Obama’s speech All sorts of discussion about where the Obama girls (one is their age) will go to school and how they must feel leaving their friends for the White House. Mostly there is happiness and pride. Beyond my own multifaceted pleasure at Obama’s win, I am incredibly happy for them. These children cared. So deeply and passionately. And their optimism and enthusiasm has been rewarded.