Milford's Jessica Brocksom Elected as Connecticut's Kid Governor
MILFORD – In Milford, the elections weren't quite over on Nov. 8th as more than 4,400 5th grade students across the state went to the polls for the week following the presidential election to elect their own Connecticut's Kid Governor. On Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, Jessica Brocksom, a 5th grade student at John F. Kennedy Elementary, learned she had won the statewide election and would be serving as CT's Kid Governor for the 2017 season. The program, now in its second year, was created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network and is sponsored by the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and the State Department of Education.
As part of her duties, Jessica will make appearances throughout the state, will contribute to a CT Kid Governor blog, and will fulfill speaking engagements based on her platform issue: the humane treatment of animals.
The results were announced on Facebook during a pre-arranged Thanksgiving assembly at the school, with a large contingent of state legislators, local and school officials, and family members on hand to offer Jessica their congratulations. More than 4,400 registered 5th graders across the state, representing 44 towns, participated in this year's CKG Election.
Connecticut's Kid Governor (CKG) is a national award-winning statewide civics program created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN). The free program, in its second year, teaches 5th graders about state government, elections, and the importance of civic participation through a real-life election that's timed to coincide with Election Day in November. Each officially registered school in Connecticut is eligible to vote in the election, or vote and also nominate one student candidate in the election. Candidates research and run on platforms that address community issues they care about, and work with classmates to create campaign videos. Fifth grade voters view the videos during the Statewide Election (Nov. 7 – 15) and vote for the candidate and platform they want to support. Connecticut's Kid Governor serves his or her constituents for one year in an active leadership role.
The Connecticut's Kid Governor program inspires students to be lifelong agents of change, active participants in our government, and registered voters when they turn 18. The program is sponsored by the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and State Department of Education. For more information on CKG – both the program and the student – as well as the 2016 CKG Election, follow Connecticut's Kid Governor on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit the program's website at CT.KidGovernor.org.