Contact: Kerensa Konesni
January 29, 2016
Today, Senator Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) joined state officials at Connecticut’s Old State House for the inauguration of East Hartford’s Elena Tipton as Connecticut’s 2016 Kid Governor.
“It’s wonderful seeing Elena and other kids her grade get involved with and learn about local government like this,” said Sen. Larson. “Congrats to Elena on winning the election. With her message of kindness, I’m proud to have her representing East Hartford kids and kids across the state.”
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill delivered the Connecticut’s Kid Governor Oath of Office and Senator Larson delivered remarks to the group of students, teachers, and other guests. After the ceremony, Diane Smith, the Senior Producer For Program Development for Connecticut Network (CT-N), moderated a “press conference” with the students. Following the “press conference” there was an educational program, during which students participated in activities about the three branches of government.
This past November, hundreds of 5th graders across the state participated in the election of the first ever Connecticut’s Kid Governor through a program created by Connecticut’s Old State House. Kid Governor candidates submitted campaign videos outlining:
Elena Tipton, a fifth-grader at Thomas S. O’Connell Elementary School in East Hartford, won the November election. She ran on a Campaign for Kindness platform with a 3-point plan of action.
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