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BIG BOY TAKES PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TO SPRINGFIELD

 BIG BOY TAKES PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TO SPRINGFIELD
 SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The spotlight of the


national presidential campaign will fall on Springfield when the famous Big Boy takes his "whistle-stop" tour into town Sept. 24 and 25. Big Boy's visit is part of a nationwide "Big Boy for President" campaign that began Sept. 1.
 On Thursday, Sept. 24, Big Boy will visit the Springfield media. On Friday, Sept. 25, at 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Big Boy will oversee two mock elections at Kiley Middle School, 180 Cooley St., in Springfield.
 Kiley's sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to vote for Big Boy, George Bush or Bill Clinton. According to George Abdow, president of Abdow's Big Boy Corp., the goal of the mock election is to help make students aware of the election process.
 "It's one thing for students to learn about the democratic process in class, it's another for them to actually practice going to the polls," Abdow said.
 Nearly 600 Big Boy restaurants nationwide are holding in-store elections for citizens of all ages. Customers can go to any of the Massachusetts and Connecticut Abdow's Big Boy restaurants from now until Oct. 10 and cast a ballot for Big Boy, Bush or Clinton.
 The 11 Massachusetts Abdow's Big Boy restaurants are also holding a voter registration drive at the restaurants Saturday, Sept. 26, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The goal of the drive is to encourage state residents to register and vote. According to 1990 figures, Massachusetts ranks 20th in voter registration with just under 70 percent of its voting-age population registered. Assisting in the voter registration drive will be volunteers from several local chapters of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters.
 The seven Connecticut Abdow's Big Boy restaurants will also hold a voter registration drive at the restaurants from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. There will be notary publics present to witness the signatures of people registering to vote. The drive is being done with the approval of the Connecticut secretary of state's office.
 Another part of the Big Boy for President campaign is a national contest for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students at 13,000 elementary schools. Students will submit short videos on the theme, "How to be a Great President." One video entry will be accepted from each school.
 Forty students at each of the five grand-prize-winning schools will receive newly designed Big Boy sportswear. All entrants will receive coupons for free kids' sundaes at Big Boy.
 For more information, contact Sharon Cauvin, marketing director for Abdow's Big Boy Corp., 413-736-5451.
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