President Penelope Pennington has a nice ring to it. But the PTA doesn’t want a transgender sixth grade class president - they’ve circulated a petition to keep her off the ballot. Even with cupcakes, posters, and getting rid of sporks, she can’t win if she can’t run! And she’s got to win to ensure every kid in school feels like they can succeed - especially kids like her.
I walked up to the board. There it was. Stuck in the middle like a turkey on a tightrope. It read:
Do you want to run for president of your class?
Do you have ideas that will change your community?
Are you a natural born leader?
I didn’t even know sixth grade could have a president, but this was it! I’ve been waiting for this for so long. Ever since I could talk I’ve wanted to be president. As president, you can have a real impact on the world and really make a difference. I’m going to be practical. I’m going to be persistent. And I’m going to be President Penelope of the United States of America.
President Penelope Pennington. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? Being president means you have a lot of tough choices you need to make—like, do you allow pancakes to be served at dinnertime? Do you try and keep bald eagles from going bald? Do you investigate how much wood a woodchuck chucks? I’m perfect for the job because everyone already likes to do what I say. I once had kids sing happy birthday to me at a birthday party that wasn’t even mine! Some kids tell me I’m bossy but my mother Joan says I have great leadership skills. I’d call them exceptional, but that’s just me.