Inauguration Day 2016

The highly-anticipated Connecticut’s Kid Governor® (CKG) Inauguration Day event was held at Connecticut’s Old State House on Friday, January 29, 2016 and was a major success. The seven student candidates from the CKG statewide election and nearly 180 of their fellow students and teachers came to the OSH for a celebration of the candidates and an immersive exploration of the three branches of government. The students were welcomed by staff and volunteers as well as Civics First, the organization that funded bus transportation for four schools to attend. Nearly 40 dignitaries and special guests also attended the event.

The day’s program included an Inauguration Ceremony during which CKG Elena Tipton’s East Hartford legislative delegation – Sen. Larson, Rep Rojas, Rep. Genga, Rep. Currey – and Secretary Merrill delivered remarks. Secretary Merrill also delivered the official CT’s Kid Governor Oath of Office and introduced Elena for her first public speech as CT’s Kid Governor. The ceremony was followed by a news conference featuring the seven student candidates who ran in the statewide election – the students answered pre-submitted questions from their fellow 5th graders. Following the news conference, students participated in activities throughout the building about the three branches of government: meeting Supreme Court Justice Dennis Eveleigh in the Courtroom to learn about the judicial branch, meeting Secretary Merrill in the Comptroller’s Office to learn about the executive branch, meeting CT’s Kid Governor Elena in the Governor’s Office for a kindness activity, meeting Rep. Henry Genga and Deputy Secretary James Spallone in the House of Representatives to learn about the legislative branch, and participating in a Civics First civics trivia in the Senate.

Special thanks to Civics First who financially supported Inauguration Day 2016!