Connecticut’s Kid Governor Traveling Exhibit Comes to the Library

The Connecticut’s Kid Governor (CTKG) Meet the Candidates Traveling Exhibit will be at the Easton Public Library from Wednesday, Aug. 19 to Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the community room. The Meet the Candidates Traveling Exhibit showcases final candidates and nominees for CTKG.

The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House created the exhibit to highlight students who ran for CTKG during the 2019-20 school year and their important platforms. Each panel includes a brief biography of a student, information about the student’s community issue and why it is important, and the student’s three-point plan of action.

Meet the Candidates was open to all students who ran for CTKG and this year’s exhibit features 13 student panels. A public version of the exhibit is available for viewing outside at Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford. To learn more about the exhibit, visit CT.KidGovernor.org.

During fall 2019, 6,000 fifth graders from across the state participated in the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program. Students learned about state government, elections, and the importance of civic engagement in our communities through this award-winning civics program created by The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House.

In November, the fifth graders elected Myra Stanfield, a student at Eric G. Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford as the 2020 Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Connecticut fifth graders are gearing up to elect the 2021 Kid Governor during the next statewide election this November.

Teachers and schools can register to participate in this free civics program at CT.KidGovernor.org. The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House provides people with a lifetime pathway to active citizenship and the tools to take civic action in their own communities.

The center strengthens civic engagement in the Constitution State by providing comprehensive and unbiased educational programming and outreach on state government, civics, history, and citizenship, particularly through its two signature programs: Kid Governor and Connecticut History Day.

Major funding and partnership support for Connecticut’s Kid Governor and the Meet the Candidates Traveling Exhibit comes from Connecticut Humanities.

“I am so excited to host this traveling exhibit at the Library,” Lynn Zaffino, library director, said. “Connecticut’s Kid Governor is such a wonderful program. I hope that the children of Easton and their families will come out and view the exhibit. This is definitely a new experience for us!”

Myra Stanfield, a
student at Eric G. Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford, as the 2020
Connecticut’s Kid Governor
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