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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Students at Hayden Peak Elementary are getting ready to vote. But when they cast their ballots for "Zachary", "C-J" or "Kameron", they won't be picking the class president or the homecoming king. They'll be naming their teacher's baby.

Jodi Roberts and her husband Dave expect the baby to arrive later this month. They've been having trouble agreeing on a name, so they decided to let Jodi's third-graders and other students at the suburban Salt Lake school decide.

Roberts says the "name game" is a way to get the entire school involved and have a little fun at the same time. And she also wants to keep peace in the family.

She says: "I can live with any one of the names -- although there is one I like."

According to teacher Terri Schmidt, students are excited, and some have started campaigns to garner votes for their favorite. Several have made 30-second campaign spots that are presented during the morning televised school announcements.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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