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Two CREC Students Ran for Connecticut's Kid Governor

Two CREC Students Ran for Connecticut’s Kid Governor

(Hartford, Conn.) Two CREC fifth grade students were in the running to be the next Connecticut’s Kid Governor in early November. Madison Baker of CREC Discovery Academy and Nathaniel Goldschmidt of CREC University of Hartford Magnet School were on a statewide ballot the week of Nov. 6, along with five other students. Fifth graders from throughout Connecticut viewed videos that the seven candidates each produced to showcase their personal community issue and to promote their platform. The students then voted for the person whom they felt would be the most successful kid governor. While Madison and Nathaniel didn’t win the election, they had an experience they’ll always remember.

Connecticut's Kid Governor is a statewide civics program for fifth grade students. It’s sponsored by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network. For two months leading up to the election, students learned about the importance of voting, the three branches of government, and even what it means to be a leader.

Each student had the opportunity to research a community issue and develop a platform, which 24 chose to do. These students then gave preliminary speeches in front of their peers. A primary election was held in each fifth grade class at the beginning of October. From there, two students in each class were chosen to represent their class in a school-wide election on October 13. Madison and Nathaniel each won their school’s vote to become two of the seven state finalists.

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