Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I love to play soccer! I’ve been playing soccer since I was 3 years old and I want to play professionally when I am older. I want to play for Manchester United. Also, I love to play with my puppies. I have two puppies and their names are Storm and Stella. My favorite subject in school is math and my favorite food is blueberries. My leadership qualities include being fair, being kind, being helpful, and being organized.
I was inspired to run for office by Governor Ned Lamont. He helps so many people in our state and I want to be just like him. My platform I chose is Valuing The Elderly. I chose this platform for lots of reasons. One reason I chose this platform was because my great-grandma passed away recently and I thought many times that I didn’t spend a lot of time with her. I wish I had spent more time with her so she knew how much people cared about her, like me. Second, I noticed that people don’t always do things to show that they value the elderly. It is not what people think about every day. Finally, I thought it was a strong platform because I love the idea of helping others.
I have a three-point plan to support my platform. My three-point plan is:
1) Have special elder days in towns, schools, and communities. These days can include storytime, lunch, and fun activities. I think this allows us to get to know the elders and show them how we care about them so much!
2) Become pen pals with our elders so we can write to each other and stay in touch. This will help them know that we don’t forget about them!
3) Make cards for our elders to show them how much we care about them. We can do this on holidays, occasions, and special days. This will make them feel loved!
My class and some other classes at my school have already started making cards for the elders! The first cards we made were holiday cards. This included Christmas, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, Kwanzaa, and New Years. We put a lot of hard work into these cards and delivered them to the Senior Center next to our school so they could feel loved during this holiday. Below is a picture of me, my brother, and my friend Michael holding the cards in front of the Senior Center.
We also made Valentine's Day cards for the elders! I helped kids in the library make them, and other kids also made them in their classrooms. Then, we delivered them to the Senior Center. I think they really enjoyed reading their cards! Up next, from March to the end of the school year, my school is going to bring back something called Reader's Cafe. Before, it was when our parents or family members came in and read and had snacks. But this time, because of my platform, we are going to have elders come in and read and have snacks! I am looking forward to this special event.
I've also been working with Kid Governor Ellie and the other Cabinet Members! During our first Cabinet Meeting in February, we did a scavenger hunt around Connecticut's Old State House to learn about the history of the building and other cool things. We got to know everyone a little more and talked about everything we will be doing in our one-year term. I can’t wait to work on my platform this year!
I've been a Cabinet Member for about a month, but there are already so many people I want to thank!
- Mr. Mendez - Mr.Mendez brought us Munchkins during our first Cabinet Meeting. Thank you so much Mr. Mendez.
- Ms. Pitruzzello - Thank you for helping us during our first Kid Governor meeting.
- Mrs. Mastropietro - Thank you for helping me get this far.
- My Classmates - Thank you for supporting me and helping me to help make the elderly feel more valued.
I am also hoping other schools will help me with my platform this year! If you are working to help the elderly feel more valued in your community, tell me all about it! You can email me at Cabinet@CT.KidGovernor.org. Thank you!