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Campaign for first “Oregon’s Kid Governor” kicks off
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Fifth-graders across the state have the chance to become the first “Oregon’s Kid Governor.”
The civics education initiative invites students to learn about how government works by experiencing a real campaign. Interested fifth-graders must prepare a short speech about why they want to be governor and the issues important to them. Schools will nominate one candidate, and a panel of experts will choose seven finalists.
Participating fifth-grade classes will vote during the November election week, and the winner will be inaugurated on Jan. 9 in the Capitol for a one-year term. Oregon’s Kid Governor will be able to discuss issues with Gov. Kate Brown and legislators.
The program includes in-class lessons, worksheets and resources. It aims to encourage civic participation as well as teach civic skills and community mindedness.
The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is managing this program created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network. Learn more about the program and how to sign up your school at the Oregon’s Kid Governor page.
Civics education has become an increasing priority in Oregon. In 2017, the Legislature passed House Bill 2219, which encourages schools to offer more civics-related classes.