WEST HARTFORD — Fifth-grader Myra Stanfield from West Hartford was officially be sworn in as the 2020 Connecticut’s Kid Governor, on Friday, Jan. 17, at Connecticut’s Old State House stated a release from the Connecticut Democracy Center. Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill delivered the Oath of Office in front of a private gathering of students, teachers, legislative leaders, and other special guests.
The inauguration ceremonies will also be streamed live on YouTube.
In attendance werebe more than 150 students and teachers from schools representing the final candidates in the 2019 CTKG Statewide Election as well as the candidates themselves. Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, State Treasurer Shawn Wooden, and other dignitaries were also in attendance. Following Myra’s inauguration, she and the members of her Cabinet participated in a news conference and answered questions about their platforms and their experience running for Kid Governor.
Students then participated in a day-long educational program where they explored Connecticut’s Old State House, met representatives from the state’s three branches of government and took part in other civics-related activities.
After her inauguration, Myra begins her one-year term as CTKG during which she will work on her platform — Standing Up for Animals in Need. She plans to focus on informing people about how animal abuse is a problem, raising funds and collecting items for animals in need, and holding a statewide animal adoption event.
Connecticut’s Kid Governor® is an award-winning statewide civics program was created by The Connecticut Democracy Center to teach students about state government, voting and elections, and the importance of civic engagement. Candidates submitted campaign videos and a three-point plan designed to help other students take action on the issue. Seven final candidates moved onto the Statewide Election and their videos were posted to the CTKG webpage, CT.KidGovernor.org, for their peers to watch before casting their ballots. More than 6,000 Connecticut fifth-graders registered to vote in this year’s Statewide Election.
The final seven candidates for Connecticut’s Kid Governor and their community issues were as follows:
Myra Stanfield, Eric G. Norfeldt School, West Hartford. Issue: Animal Abuse (elected)
Ariana Moreno, Casimir Pulaski Elementary School, Meriden. Issue: Suicide & Mental Health
Daisy Wimberly, JFK Intermediate School, Windsor. Issue: Pollution
Derek Gaszek, Oshana Elementary School, Southington. Issue: Brightening Lives of Homeless Children
Dwayne Ceasar, Clover Street School, Windsor. Issue: Helping Children with Disabilities
Kylie Nachin, West Vine Street School, Stonington. Issue: Kids & Technology Addiction
Lucie Martinelli, Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School. Issue: Diversity in Schools & Sports
The other candidates will serve in CTKG Myra’s Cabinet and will continue to work toward achieving the goals they outlined in their own campaign platforms.
To learn more about the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program and to watch the campaign videos for Myra and the final candidates, please visit http://www.CT.KidGovernor.org and follow CTKG on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
The Connecticut Democracy Center provides people with a lifetime pathway to active citizenship and the tools to take civic action in their own communities. CTDC 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.