Connecticut’s Kid Governor visits Meriden Public Library

Connecticut’s Kid Governor visits Meriden Public Library


MERIDEN — Connecticut Kid Governor Elena Tipton emphasized kindness and spoke of her path to “office” in an appearance at the Meriden Public Library on Wednesday afternoon.

The visit was one of five Elena has made to libraries across the state over the past several days. The tour has also stopped in Hartford, New Haven, Middletown and Farmington. Earlier this year, Tipton visited 30 fifth-grade classrooms in 17 towns and cities.

A sixth-grader at East Hartford Middle School, Elena was elected as the first kid governor in November 2015 over six other students. Each school is allowed to enter one fifth-grade student into a statewide election that other fifth-graders vote in, according to a program brochure.

The kid governor program was created in 2015 to teach children about civics and democracy.

In her presentation, Elena spoke of how she became kid governor and her campaign for kindness, which includes creating a kindness day on the 13th day of each month, adding “buddy benches” to school playgrounds, and being available to hear concerns of students.

“The program aims to get kids to realize they have a voice, and they should be active participants in our communities,” said Brian Cofrancesco, head of education at the Connecticut’s Old State House, which created the kid governor program.

“We see it a lot through Elena; she sees what her potential is to inspire others,” he added.

Elena also led a kindness art activity Wednesday to close out her visit.

She said one of the most enjoyable parts of being kid governor is being able to meet different people. “I get to learn all about where they’re from and all about what they’re doing to be kind,” she said.

Tipton plans to continue her kindness campaign after the conclusion of her term, and hopes to get involved in student council at her school. 203-317-2444 Twitter: @BryanLipiner

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