Kid Governor Makhi’s “Protecting Our Pets” Poster Contest!

Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste is committed to his Protecting Our Pets platform and raising awareness of showing kindness towards companion animals and pets. To achieve the second point of his platform, Makhi and The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House are partnering with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Children and Families on a statewide poster contest!

Makhi invites 5th graders to submit artwork that answers the question:

How can kids show kindness towards pets and companion animals at home or in shelters?

Fifth graders: submit your artwork for Makhi’s poster contest and inspire other students to help pets and companion animals in their own communities!

Poster Contest Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022


Contest Rules

  • Open to all Connecticut 5th graders.
  • Artwork must be entrant’s own original creation, on 8.5”x11” white paper.
  • Colored pencils, crayons, paint, and markers are permitted – bold colors look best! Digitally-created artwork is not allowed.
  • Completed Permission Form, art description, and a scan of artwork must be emailed or shared via Google Drive with Jacob.Orcutt@ctdemocracycenter.org by the deadline, Friday, March 25, 2022.
  • Original hard copies of artwork must be mailed to the following address and postmarked by the deadline: Connecticut’s Kid Governor, c/o The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103.

Permission Form

Completed Permission Form, art description, and a scan or photograph of artwork must be emailed or shared via Google Drive with Jacob.Orcutt@ctdemocracycenter.org by Friday, March 25, 2022. Original hard copies of artwork must be be mailed to the following address and postmarked by the deadline: Connecticut’s Kid Governor, c/o The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103.


Selection of the Winners

Kid Governor Makhi, his Cabinet, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Children and Families will select twelve contest finalists and one winner. The contest winner and finalists will be announced in late April 2022.

The finalists and winner will each receive a pass for a free tour (up to four people) at Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford, home of the Kid Governor® program!

The winner’s artwork will be shared with schools across the state and used to promote school collection drives, the third point of Makhi’s platform. The winner’s artwork was also be displayed in the Kid Governor’s Office at Connecticut’s Old State House.