Info for Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford is excited to announce the second year of Connecticut’s Kid Governor, a national award-winning statewide civics program designed to teach 5th graders about civics and civic engagement – and your son/daughter’s class will be participating! Through this program, your child’s class will join 5th grade classrooms across the state in learning about government, how it works and the importance of civic engagement through the election of a 5th grade governor.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day 2016, your child’s class will participate in lessons about Connecticut’s three branches of government, elections, and campaign platforms. Students will then discuss community issues important to them and choose one to research. They may choose topics such as recycling, animal rights, pollution, bullying, etc. Once they have researched an issue, they will work to craft campaign platforms and speeches. Students who choose to run for Connecticut’s Kid Governor will deliver their speeches as part of the election process. The process will include class-wide and/or school-wide primaries. As in real life, the student who wins the most votes will be the school’s candidate for the statewide election.

He or she will then create a campaign video with the help of classmates. The video will
outline: why they want to be Connecticut's Kid Governor; what leadership qualities they have; a community issue that they want to address and why it’s important; and a three-point plan that will help 5th graders across Connecticut make a difference on that issue. Teachers will submit their student candidate’s video to Connecticut’s Old State House and seven candidate videos statewide will be posted online at http://CT.KidGovernor.org. During Election Week, November 7-15, 2016, 5th graders throughout Connecticut will view these videos, cast their votes and elect the next Connecticut’s Kid Governor.

In the coming weeks, your child will learn how to vote and how to run for office. He or she may want to run as a candidate for Connecticut’s Kid Governor at the school level. If your child wins the school primary, he or she will be a potential statewide candidate in the race for Connecticut’s Kid Governor. Real candidates must get approval from their families before they run for office and your child should, too. We want to make you aware of this program in advance so you can determine how you would like your child to participate. If you want your child to run for office, please complete this form and return it to your child’s teacher by his/her deadline.

If your student wins the school primary and statewide election, they can expect an exciting term as Connecticut’s Kid Governor, with opportunities that include:

  • Creating messages and videos to share with constituents and other students about his/her community issue. (Winter 2016-Spring 2017)
  • Inauguration ceremony at Connecticut’s Old State House. (Tent. January 2017)
  • Participation in special programs at Connecticut’s Old State House.
  • Having a special Governor’s Desk at Connecticut’s Old State House!

For more information about Connecticut’s Kid Governor and the expectations of the
successful candidate, please visit CT.KidGovernor.org. We ask that you review these
documents to better understand what may be expected of your son/daughter should they win the statewide race.

Just remember that the spirit of Connecticut’s Kid Governor is not based upon winning and losing, but is about students learning that they can have a positive impact on their communities!