Monday, March 15, 2021

My Final Blog Post!

As you may know, I am Myra Stanfield and I was the 2020 Connecticut's Kid Governor! 

My platform was Standing Up for Animals in Need. My three point plan was to 1. Inform and educate kids about companion animals in need and how they can help; 2. Encourage schools to fundraise and collect toys, blankets, and other supplies for their local animals shelters to make shelter pets feel loved, and 3. Hold a statewide pet adoption event. I achieved all three points and it made me so happy to see people giving pets their forever homes.

My term ended in January of 2021 and during the year I was in office, I was able to accomplish everything I had set out to do and more. I met with Senator Blumenthal and different animal rights activists. I had the privilege of hosting a pet adoption event. I met with the two other 2020 Kid Governors from Oregon and New Hampshire. And I did it all virtually! 

Watch my conversation with 2021 CTKG Reese and Ms. Kyff from The Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut's Old State House.

Last year was so much fun and I am so happy that someone new gets to experience what I have. To 2021 Kid Governor Reese: you will learn so many new things and you get to go to the coolest places. It is definitely an experience you will not forget. I am so glad I served as Kid Governor!

Me and 2021 CTKG Reese at her Inauguration in January.

I think my favorite part of the year was getting to work with my Cabinet. They all have interesting, unique opinions and are so passionate about their platforms. I loved going different places with them and listening to them speak. Overall, Kid Governor inspired me and allowed me to make a difference. 

Me and members of my Cabinet: Kylie, Daily, Derek, and Ariana.

Thank you all for supporting me last year during my term. I hope you continue to stand up for animals in need!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

CTKG Myra's Farewell Address

A message from your friends at The Connecticut Democracy Center...

Below is 2020 Connecticut's Kid Governor Myra Stanfield's Farewell Address, given at Connecticut's Old State House on January 22nd for the inauguration of 2021 CTKG Reese Naughton. 

2020 CTKG Myra with 2021 CTKG Reese

Good morning! Thank you to everyone who took the time to tune in to today’s Inauguration from school or from home to show their support for Reese and her Cabinet!

First, I would like to congratulate Reese on her inauguration as the 2021 Kid Governor. Reese, you are such an inspiring, influential role model for 5th graders all over the state. You are going to do amazing things! I am so proud of you, and you’re going to be a great Kid Governor.

And congratulations to the 2021 Cabinet: Claire, Cora, Houda, Myalee, Nathan, and Sameer! You are going to be an amazing Cabinet, and you guys are all going to have so much fun this year!

I would also like to thank all the officials who took time out of their busy schedules to attend this morning, including Lieutenant Governor Bysiewicz, Senator Blumenthal, Congressman Larson, Secretary Merrill, Attorney General Tong, Commissioner Cardona, and State Senator Sampson.

Despite this difficult year, I am proud to say that I accomplished everything I hoped to with my Standing Up for Animals in Need platform and my 3 point plan:

My first goal was to inform 5th graders all across the state about animals in need and animal cruelty. I was able to do this by interviewing someone from the Connecticut Humane Society and then working with the Connecticut Democracy Center to make four educational videos for kids to watch and share.

My second platform point was to encourage schools to fundraise and collect toys, blankets, and other supplies for their local animal shelters to make shelter pets feel loved. Although students were not in school last spring, I was able to encourage donations and fundraisers through my blog. My own school held a dance before COVID and we were able to collect over $600 and food for cats, dogs, and other animals to go to different shelters.

I also worked with the Department of Children and Families and Paws for Kids on a CT Family Day poster contest about showing kindness towards animals in need and to encourage support of shelters.

The last step of my platform was to hold a statewide adoption event! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to have an in-person event due to safety issues. Instead, we organized a Virtual Pet Adoption Meet & Greet. We worked with NBC Connecticut and their Clear the Shelters campaign, the Connecticut Humane Society, and four animal shelters and groups to introduce animals available for adoption. It was so much fun and I got to meet all kinds of pets, people, and more! So many pets were adopted that day and I am so grateful to everyone who participated.

Throughout my term, I attended virtual meetings and events to promote my platform and suggest ways to help animals in shelters feel loved.

I had the honor of meeting with Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, and other groups to talk about my platform. I also met with my Cabinet several times, attended a Kid Governors’ Summit with the Kid Governors in Oregon and New Hampshire, and visited six libraries in September for my Virtual Library Circuit.

Like Reese, I also had a Cabinet! Ariana, Daisy, Derek, Dwayne, Kylie, and Lucie all ran on separate platforms and, just like me, had the chance to work on their community issues. We had one in-person meeting and several virtual meetings this year. It was new but we made it work! I am so lucky to have gotten the chance to work with them, share my ideas, and hear their own!

I learned so many new things this year and had many amazing experiences. This would not have been possible without the Kid Governor program and without the exceptional work of the CT Democracy Center’s Staff, my family and my friends.

I would also like to thank my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Heaton and my former school, Norfeldt Elementary School, in West Hartford. Thank you all for supporting me this year. You guys make me feel like I can do anything. Without your support I would not be half the person I am today!

This has been a really tough year for all of us. I know that after I leave the Old State House today, I will continue to stand up for animals in need and I hope you will, too. This is a year I will not forget and I am so excited that Reese and her Cabinet are going to get a chance to experience this. I can say with confidence, you guys are going to have a blast.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of the Inauguration.

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

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

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

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 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