Cary Elementary School and Raleigh’s Benelux Coffee Shop took center stage in a Wednesday “NBC Nightly News” story about how Americans are reacting to Donald Trump’s election as president.
The mood was somber for patrons and staff at Benelux Coffee, located in Cameron Village. Although Trump won North Carolina on his way to becoming the 45th president, Hillary Clinton won the Wake County vote.
“I burst into tears,” an unnamed Benelux Coffee employee said of Trump winning the election. “I was horrified. I really didn’t, I hadn’t even started to entertain the possibility.”
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Kelly Rosinski, a Benelux patron, tried to put the best spin on her disappointment that Trump won.
“I’m a little nervous, but we will survive as a nation,” Rosinksi said in the news report. “We always do and we’ll make the most of it. We’ll come together.”
After showing images of anti-Trump protests and happy Trump supporters, the scene shifted to Cary Elementary.
Cary Elementary was profiled earlier in the week in The News & Observer for how it held a mock presidential election on Monday that promoted voting civility. Before the vote, students watched a student-performed video about voting etiquette, including how it’s wrong to say you can only be friends if you support the same candidates.
“It is important that even though their candidate may not have won last night, that they still honor the other children in our class and respect their decisions and their opinions,” Chelsea Cadman, a third-grade Cary Elementary teacher, told NBC News.
NBC News reporter Rehema Ellis asked a Cary Elementary student what she wanted from her new president.
“I want him to be nice and kind,” the student replied.
Ellis asked another student what advice she’d give to the new president.
“I’d say don’t be selfish because in certain problems you’ll work with other leaders,” the student answered. “You have to listen to other people’s ideas.”