Students taking part in a mock election Tuesday at Tennyson High School in Hayward overwhelmingly re-elected President Barack Obama and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

They also passed Proposition 30, Gov. Brown's tax plan, and voted to abolish the death penalty.

Teacher Sandra Navarro's senior government class students, acting as poll workers, directed voters to private polling booths equipped with iPads. "We're more sophisticated than the real thing," Navarro said. Alameda County voters use paper ballots.

A total of 674 schools took part in the statewide mock election, which was coordinated by the Secretary of State's Office.

The mock election at Tennyson had a 53 percent turnout, with 687 of the school's 1,300 students voting for president, U.S. and state propositions.

Obama received 91 percent of the votes and Mitt Romney 4 percent. Statewide, Romney did better, though he still trailed: 23 percent, compared with Obama's 62 percent.

Feinstein was elected with 88 percent of the Tennyson vote. Her opponent, Republican Elizabeth Emken, had 12 percent.

Among the propositions, Brown's tax proposal to fund education passed by 75 percent. Proposition 38, Molly Munger's opposing education tax measure, also was approved, though by a smaller margin, with a 56 percent yes vote.

Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified food, received 75 percent of the votes.

A repeal of the death penalty, Proposition 34, passed by 62 percent. And 64 percent of voters approved Proposition 36, which would modify the three-strikes law,

Also on the Tennyson ballot was a question asking students how prepared they were to vote. Most, 53 percent, indicated they were "somewhat prepared"; 38 percent were very informed; and 9 percent indicated they had not spent any time reviewing the candidates and measures.

Middle school's media center reopens after $30,000 donation

For the second time within a month, donors have written sizable checks to help restore library hours for Union City schools.

The state's fiscal crisis caused the district to slash funding for high school and middle school librarians in 2012-13 budget, reducing library hours to one period per day, district spokesman Rick LaPlante said.

A pair of retired New Haven Unified School District educators last week donated $30,000 to Alvarado Middle School, enabling it to reopen its library on a full-time basis, LaPlante said.

Former counselor Don Del Pilar and former teacher Barbara Scheifler each wrote a $15,000 check to the school, Alvarado Middle School Principal Jesus Varela said. Those funds will pay for an instructor to take over classes currently being taught by media specialist/teacher Cindy Woll, allowing her to return full time to the library.

Del Pilar and Scheifler made the donation because they "expressed the impact of libraries in their own lives," Varela said.

The donation came less than a month after an anonymous donor gave $60,000 to James Logan High, allowing the school to reopen it full time for students, district officials said.

Homeroom is a weekly roundup of news from schools in greater Hayward and the Tri-City areas.