First-ever NH Kids Governor is sworn in

New Hampshire’s Kid Governor Lola Giannelli, center, with Executive Councilors Ben Vachon, left, and Evelyn Ellis-Haines.

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Congratulations to 2019 New Hampshire’s Kid Governor Lola Giannelli whose Inauguration Day was Jan. 18. In November, New Hampshire fifth-graders elected Lola of Sunset Heights Elementary School in Nashua as the state’s first Kid Governor.

Lola was elected on her animal cruelty platform. Her platform focuses on three points to advocate for better treatment of animals in New Hampshire including starting clubs dedicated to animal cruelty awareness, making toys for sheltered pets and delivering donations to shelters.

Two other candidates for governor, Ben Vachon and Evelyn Ellis-Haines, were sworn in as New Hampshire’s Kid Executive Councilors.

Kid Governor is a national award-winning civics program for fifth-graders created by the Connecticut Democracy Center in 2015. New Hampshire’s Kid Governor is led by the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and New Hampshire Institute of Politics with support from the New Hampshire State House and Department of Education. The program is timed to coincide with Election Day in November and offers each school in New Hampshire the opportunity to enter a student candidate into a statewide election that other fifth-graders vote in. Classes can vote in the election, nominate a classmate to run for office, or both.

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