If first-graders were president ...

First-graders at Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center in Miami-Dade are among five finalists in a national contest, "If We Were President."

Under the direction of teacher Sandra Devalos, the students created a video on that topic. Some of their priorities as president: eliminating bullying, making sure everyone has enough good food to eat, using kind words and taking care of people who are sick.

"I would make sure kids get a good education," said one. Another would make sure everyone could get a doctorate so they would always find a job.

The contest is sponsored by Pearson and WeArtTeachers. You can vote for Martin's video until Nov. 9. The winning teacher will get a $500 gift certificate from Pearson and an iPad2. The winner will be announced Nov. 16.

The school, 14250 Boggs Dr., is a language magnet and offers the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

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