Thursday, June 25, 2020

Supporting Animals Throughout the Summer

Hello! I am Myra Stanfield, your 2020 Connecticut’s Kid Governor, and I would like to share with you a few ideas on how you, your family, and your community can help animals in need this summer during social distancing!

Believe it or not, animals can actually help you during this virus. If you’re feeling stressed (which is totally understandable), animals can help with that by cheering you up and making you feel much better. Some animals can also help older people deal with isolation and social distancing. I think this is really cool.

Now would be a great time to adopt or foster a pet from your local shelter! You would help yourself and bring the excitement of a new pet to your family. You would help your local shelter out, too, by making their jobs much, much easier! A new pet friend would also be a great idea around this time so that you have someone to play with while social distancing.

My family adopted a new pet before the pandemic and I am grateful for that! His name is Mateo and he is a chihuahua. I have someone else to play with when I get bored, and someone to cheer me up when I miss my friends and family. I think it is a great idea to adopt or foster a pet because they might need a friend, too!

Me with Mateo that day that my family adopted him!

A few weeks ago, I was able to attend a virtual meeting hosted by Senator Blumenthal on the topic of animals and how we can help them during this time. It was such an eye opening experience! I got to meet many animal advocates from Connecticut and I was given the opportunity to speak and share information on the Kid Governor program, my platform, the process of getting elected, and so much more! It was truly amazing.

One important thing I learned during the meeting is that donations to shelters are really needed during this time! Even a small amount would be greatly appreciated. Most shelters will accept food, cleaning supplies, treats, litter, and more. Contact your local shelter or humane society to see what items they need! They will also accept money to purchase items they need if you would like to contribute.

If you have any extra time this summer, a really fun idea is to make crafts to donate to your local shelter for the animals staying there! The Connecticut Humane Society’s website has ideas and instructions HERE for pet bandanas, pet beds, and even cat scratchers! Some shelters will also accept dog toys made from old t-shirts. Watch this video HERE from 2019 New Hampshire’s Kid Governor for step-by-step instructions. These handmade crafts would be really thoughtful, and I’m sure the animals would really appreciate it.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you’ll take one of my suggestions for helping animals in need this summer, and maybe even give a new pet their forever home!!


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

From the CTKG Cabinet: Donations to Southington Bread for Life

Hey Everyone! Derek here.

I hope everybody is doing well and that you are all safe and healthy during this time. I just want to give you an update on what I've been doing for my platform, Brightening the Lives of Homeless Children.

During this pandemic, homeless people are desperately in need of food. I organized a food drive in my neighborhood and all of the donations went to Bread for Life in Southington. I handed out fliers to my neighbors, introducing myself and giving them a list of food items that were listed on the Bread for Life website. The collection ended on May 22nd and we received a LOT of food items including canned foods, cereals, pasta, and much more.

Credit: Southington Food for Life

When we arrived at Bread for Life, the workers were very happy to hear about my Kid Governor Cabinet platform. They were very grateful for the donation too! You can learn more about my platform and the Cabinet here.

If you would like to learn more about Southington Bread for Life or how you can support them, visit SouthingtonBreadforLife.org.

Thank you for reading my blog post! I hope that you all stay happy, health, and safe during these hard times. Thanks for supporting my platform!

-Derek Gaszek
Oshana Elementary School
Southington, CT


A message from the Connecticut's Kid Governor Team....

While the school year may be over, the 2020 CTKG Cabinet has continued their hard work on their platforms and supporting CTKG Myra's Standing Up for Animals in Need platform. You can learn more about each platform and Cabinet Member at CT.KidGovernor.org/Cabinet2020.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Take an Internet Break with Cabinet Member Kylie!


Cabinet Member Kylie Nachin ran on a platform of Kids and Technology Addiction. Now that we are being asked to spend more time on our computers and devices so that we can distance learn, Kylie has some ideas on how to take a technology detox and step away from the computer. At least for a little while!

Friday, May 8, 2020

From the CTKG Cabinet: Mental Health During COVID-19

Hello Kids of Connecticut! My name is Ariana Moreno and I am a member of the Kid Governor's Cabinet.

I ran for Connecticut's Kid Governor on the platform of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. I chose this issue because I want kids to know that their feelings and mental health are important and now, mental health is more important than ever.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important for us kids to take care of our mental health. Here are three ways that you can do that:
  • First: Talk about and realize how you feel during this time. Don't ignore it. Once you know how you feel, you can find ways to control it or talk about it with someone. All emotions that you feel during this stressful time are okay and talking with others is a great way to let them out. Understanding each other during this time is important. 
  • Second: Catch up with friends. You can see how old or current friends are doing during this time. You can talk to them by video chat, phone call, text, email, or letter! Tell them how you're doing and what's going on at home, and see how you can help each other. 
  • Third: Take some time to be outside and breathe. Give yourself a break. You're mostly inside having classes online, looking at a screen all day and it may get stressful, especially with what's going on. Go outside and take a walk while practicing social distancing. Take some breaths and have some time for yourself. While breathing, put your hands on your belly and feel it rise and fall, almost like a balloon. 
This is a very stressful day and age we are living in and that is why we need to understand how we feel and find ways to cope with it. For more suggestions from the Kid Governor's Cabinet on helping yourself and others, visit CT.KidGovernor.org.

I hope you are all feeling well and are at home during this difficult time. Stay safe!

-Ariana Moreno
Casimir Pulaski Elementary School
Meriden, CT

Monday, May 4, 2020

From the CTKG Cabinet: Meet Derek!

Howdy! My name is Derek Gaszek and I am a Kid Governor's Cabinet member. I go to Oshana Elementary School in Plantsville and I am in fifth grade. Some of my hobbies are to hang out with my friends, play video games, and going outside. I have a family of four: my brother Adam, my mom and dad, and me. I also have a Boxer dog named Captain. I am part Polish. I was a final candidate in the 2019 Statewide Election for Connecticut's Kid Governor. My platform is Brightening the Lives of Homeless People, specifically homeless children.

My three-point plan is:
  1. Organize fundraisers to support the needs of homeless children. 
  2. Crate flyers explaining Facts vs. Fiction about homelessness. 
  3. Develop animal programs to bring small companion animals to homeless shelters. 
I am planning to do the following things to help out. I want to run an animal program at homeless shelters where they allow people to bring small companion animals such as guinea pigs and fish. I think this will cheer up people who are homeless and will give them company. I also want to hand out flyers around my neighborhood so my neighbors can donate food and non-food items to help our community Bread for Life program to feed and shelter the homeless. I will also get my family and friends to help out too. I have already spread the word to my whole family and they are planning to help out with donations!

Thank you for taking the time out of your day and reading my blog post! If you have any ideas or would like to help, let me know! Email info@KidGovernor.org to tell me how you'd like to be involved or how you are supporting those experiencing homelessness!

-Derek Gaszek
Oshana Elementary School
Southington, CT

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Celebrate Earth Day with Cabinet Member Daisy!


Celebrate Earth Day with Cabinet Member Daisy Wimberly! Daisy shares some tips and ideas for how to protect our environment and to learn more about recycling!.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

From the CTKG Cabinet: Meet Daisy!

Hi, my name is Daisy Wimberly and I was one of seven finalists in the 2019 Connecticut's Kid Governor Statewide Elections. I'm now in the Kid Governor's Cabinet working with 2020 CTKG Myra!

My platform is Pollution Prevention. I chose this platform because one afternoon my mom and I watched a video with a marine team pulling a plastic straw out of a turtle's nose. This video inspired me a lot as pollution was the cause of that situation. I thought it was important to take a stand so innocent sea creatures aren't harmed and we can have an Earth to live on for generations to come.

My three-point plan is:
  1. Place more recycling bins in places such as classrooms, cafeterias, hallways, parks, and more places.
  2. Work with my school's PTO to organize fun events for students to inform them about pollution and how to prevent it.
  3. Find more eco-friendly products for schools.
Since the Statewide Election, I have been jotting down ways I can raise money for the events I have planned. I have also been thinking of ways to inform people about pollution and how to prevent pollution. I will continue to work on my platform by working with my town leaders to get more recycling bins for plastic and paper goods. I will also try to find more eco-safe school supplies.

If you would like to support my platform, you can still save the planet from home! Even though you may be home due to the recent COVID-19 virus, there are still things you can do:

  1. Some days, in place of independent reading, you can read about the effects of pollution on the Earth and come up with ideas to try to decrease pollution in our environment. Check out these articles and videos for inspiration:
    - Humanity Will Find Ways to Adapt to Climate Change
    - Learn About Pollution (Video)
    - Air Pollution 101 (Video)
  2. Ensure that you and your family are recycling. Make sure that your family has a designated bin or bag for recyclables. Sometimes the behavior of one person in the household can change the behavior of everyone.


Source: www.recyclect.com

I would love to hear about what you've learned about pollution and how you plan to make a difference in your community! Email info@KidGovernor.org to tell me about it!

-Daisy Wimberly
John F. Kennedy School
Windsor, CT