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SAGAMORE HILL WINS FIRST ROUND OF NATIONWIDE VOTE; STUDENTS DECIDING SITE OF HISTORIC RESTORATION PROJECT

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Teddy Roosevelt won a hotly contested primary election yesterday over George Washington and James Madison in the kickoff of a nationwide student vote to determine which of their museum homes should receive a major outdoor restoration project. Yesterday's vote, which was conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was held by the 5th and 6th graders at Stevens Elementary School in Washington.
 Thousands of classes across the country are participating in the President's Day election to select among Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill, Madison's Montpelier and Washington's Woodlawn Plantation, each of which has needs for major restoration of its gardens and grounds. Called "Presidents to Residents: Roundup Makes History of Weeds," the program teaches kids about the former presidents and the importance of historic preservation.
 The students at Stevens took the election to heart, holding a mock political convention complete with speeches, banners and stumping for their candidates home. Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, N.Y., received 42 percent of the votes, while Woodlawn Plantation at Mount Vernon, Va., scored 30 percent, and Montpelier in Orange, Va., received 28 percent of student votes.
 "It's great to see so many kids actively involved in historic preservation issues," said Mary Finch Hoyt, director of communications for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "As soon as we tabulate ballots from children across the country, we will announce the official winner. Restoration will begin in April."
 Theodore Roosevelt built his home, Sagamore Hill, in 1884 on a 155-acre site overlooking Long Island Sound. The 25-room, 10-bedroom house and its furnishings are little changed today from when Roosevelt lived there. Sagamore Hill was the first presidential home referred to as the "Summer White House."
 During Roosevelt's presidency, he established the U.S. Forest Service, 26 national parks, 51 bird sanctuaries, 18 national monuments and increased our national forest by 43 million acres.
 If Sagamore Hill remains the front-runner when ballots from all 50 states are tallied, restoration work will focus on two outdoor areas: Teddy Roosevelt's old grass tennis court, which has virtually disappeared to weeds and unwanted vegetation; and the perimeter of the yard, which is encroaching toward the house due to excessive weeds and exotic, unwanted vines and overgrowth.
 The National Trust for Historic Preservation, chartered by Congress in 1949, is a nonprofit organization with more than 250,000 members. As a leader in preservation movement, it is committed to saving America's diverse environments.
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