Tuesday, October 8, 2019

September Blog

Hello guys! Welcome to my September blog.

I started middle school, and I am having so much fun here. We do so many things. I’ve already had 3 tests, (not that that’s much fun), but we don’t have much homework… Yet. I don’t know if you guys have recess? I don’t anymore, (only on Fridays sometimes)! We do a lot of experiments too, and we have to memorize Latin root words. UGH! They are so boring!

I have a locker now… I love it! It's pretty big actually. I have to switch from class to class instead of just staying in one, (like at my old school). Now we call the classes “periods.” I have 7 periods every day. We also have something called “home room” and “advisory.” Advisory is where you can make up work you didn't do. Home room is just for attendance, (not much else).

That’s enough about school, let’s get to the Kid Governor stuff... It’s happening! I am going to try to do everything I can to help pass a bill that I feel so strongly about, as it was part of my 3 point plan in my campaign at the start of Kid Governor.

The bill states that, (if put into law), you will no longer be able to sell or purchase cats and dogs at a pet store in New Hampshire.

Representative Katherine Rogers (D-Concord) wrote the bill. It is called Humane Pet Store Legislation and Humane Pet Store Bill. It took Katherine 2 years to write it!

Remember, just because I'm Kid Governor does not mean the law will pass. How a bill becomes a law is a whole different story!

First, the Governor has to find a sponsor in the legislative body to submit what's called a legislative service request to have them draft the bill. Then they give a bill what's called a docket number. After that, a bunch of drafts will come in from the 400 elected members that are a part of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and the 24 members of the New Hampshire Senate. All drafts must be approved and signed by the sponsoring legislature, (the co-sponsors have to sign and approve it too). Every bill introduced to a committee must have a public hearing. That is where I come in. I am going to a public hearing as well! I will present my testimony about why I feel so strongly that this should pass.

Hopefully this bill will pass, but it is a slow process, and it will take until next year to get it done. I have to stay patient and really work hard to get people to come to the public hearing, and then, hopefully get some interested people to agree to testify on behalf of the bill by sharing their experiences with the judge.

We will be holding an informational meeting at City Hall in Nashua, NH to explain more about what people can do to help us pass this bill from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. The meeting will be open to everyone. I hope you can make it!

See you next month!

-New Hampshire's Kid Governor Lola

Friday, August 30, 2019

August Blog

Hello! Kid Governor Lola here! 

I have done sooo much this month!

First, I was asked to sing the National Anthem at an event called, Barnful of Blues.
This was the most different I have ever done before and I was scared, so asked a
couple of friends to give me a hand.

I would like to introduce my friends, Lacey Bechard and Madison Pisco!

With the help of my friends, my nerves went away and we had a great time on stage!
After we sang, we ran my Kid Governor table.

We shared a booth with a boy named, Dominic Cole, a 12 year old boy from New Hampshire
who performs his drumming on the streets of Boston to raise money for his organization,
Percussion For a Purpose. Dominic uses the money he gets from drumming to create kits
for homeless people and children. He is the best kid drummer I’ve ever heard, and I play
clarinet in the school band?! 

We couldn’t stay for the whole event because not only were my friends coming to help me
sing, but they, (and a few more), also came to help me celebrate my birthday with a
sleepover!! It was a super busy weekend but we all had a great time! 

Then we went to “Kid Governor BootCamp” it’s not what your thinking! It was a workshop
for the teachers to learn about the Kid Governor in New Hampshire. There were a lot of
teachers there. They seemed very interested in learning about teaching the program.
Hopefully the kids will be excited about participating too! I think that they will like it, and I am
excited to see what the election will be like when more schools get involved. 

I was honored to meet, Brian Confrancesco, the person who started the Kid Governor Program
in Connecticut. I was surprised to find that he was just as excited to meet me as I was to meet
him! He is a very nice man. My mom and I enjoyed talking to him and listening to him
speak at the Boot Camp.

At the Boot Camp, I got the chance to see my teacher, Mrs. Foreman, from my 5th grade class.
Mrs. Foreman, my mom, and I all sat on a panel to be interviewed about our experience with the
Program. We were there for a couple of hours. When we were on our way out of Saint Anselm’s
College, the author, (Gloria M. Gavris), of the book, E is for Election Day, gave us signed copies
of her book! It was a cool surprise to meet her and get a signed copy. Finally, we wrapped up
my Library tour. We visited 3 NH libraries this summer, Hopkinton, Concord, and Hooksett.
Each of the librarians were so kind and they gave us space to teach the kids about how to make
dog toys and explained how to participate in the Kid Governor Program. We met some great
kids at each of our library stops, and with their help, we made quite a few toys to donate to our
local shelter.

I have started middle school and I am excited for the school year. 

Stay tuned! 

-Kid Governor Lola

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

July Blog

Hi guys, it's Lola! I didn’t do much this month, but I did go to speak at a library in Hopkinton, NH.

When we got to the library we got a warm welcome from the librarian! She showed us around, we got set up and then we looked for a book to read to the kids. I picked the book Pig and Pug. Then we were ready to start. Around 6 or 7 kids came.

First I talked to them about Kid Governor. Next, I read them the book. Finally, we made dog toys. I had lots of fun.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. See you next month, bye!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

From the NH Kid Executive Council: Working at the Salvation Army

Day One:
My first day working at the Salvation Army was a success! Me and my mother were shown around the store by a staff member named Megan. Our first job was to make sure all the clothing in the women's’ section was in the right place (medium in the “M” section, small in the “S” section, etc.). Unfortunately before our work hours ended, I started feeling sick and had to go home. 

Day Two:
On my second day working at the Salvation Army, we got to visit a lot more of the store, and met two new people. Our first job was to take out all the clothes in the children's section that had blue tags. There we met a man that was also doing community service that told us about his life. Once we finished that, we went to the  “garage-like” area in the store, where we met a young woman who also told us her life story, and hung up clothes that were in donation boxes, then took them into the women's section to be distributed appropriately. Overall, my experience was I've learned it takes many people to run a store like this and a lot of time.

P.S. I’ve also learned that this computer’s voice recognition translates “to be” as “2B”, But it knows, “bro”...(

-Evelyn Ellis-Haines: 

Monday, July 15, 2019

May/June Blog

Hello. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far, I know I am! 

May was a quiet month and I didn’t really attend any events, but that is okay with me because June was an important and busy month. I am very proud to announce that I GRADUATED FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!! 

Graduation was awesome! First, all of our teachers made their announcements, then we got our certificates, and lastly, we had an ice cream social! I am off to middle school in the fall and although I will miss my old school, I am very excited for my new one!

Also, the Humane Society of Greater Nashua was kind enough to invite me and my family to attend their annual Gala. They have an annual Gala as both a fundraiser and as a celebration to reward the people who worked extra hard for the animals over the last year. 

This year the Gala was named Woofstock, and the theme was based on the 1960’s rock concert Woodstock. The Humane Society was having a costume contest, so my mom and I dressed like hippies. We didn’t win the contest, but I had tons of fun! There were games, auctions and food!

During the auction I got to go up on stage and present an award on behalf of the Humane Society to the Governor's Apprentice (the Governor couldn’t make it; it was his father's 80th birthday) for all the outstanding ways Governor Sununu has made animals a priority while he has been in office. I also got to speak to everyone about the money that we (at my elementary school) raised for the Humane Society from our Popcorn for Paws Fundraiser back in April. We were lucky to have a very generous audience member match our $330 in contributions, bringing our total donation to $660. YAY! 

Lola presents an award at the Humane Society Gala

So thankful for all of the generous, animal loving supporters and volunteers who have donated their money and time to all our pet friends! It was an honor to be included in the festivities.

I'm so excited to start my library tour in July! We hope to get kids excited about being the next Kid Governor of NH, and also hope to get more schools to participate in the program. If you would like for your school to participate please don’t hesitate to ask your educators to reach out for more information. See you guys soon. Bye for now!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

From the NH Kid Executive Council: Evelyn Ellis-Haines

At first when my teacher, Mrs. Weick, announced that we were doing a politics activity I thought that I would give it a try, just to see if I could do it. I thought poverty was important, so I chose that as my platform. So, I just went through the motions of writing a speech and making a video. We all watched each other’s videos and voted on which we liked best—which we thought had the best shot at winning Kid Governor. After we voted, the next day, Mrs. Weick announced that my video had won. I was absolutely ecstatic, completely and utterly.

Mrs. Weick helped me make a final video that would be shown at the “elections” at the schools and online and at Saint Anselm College. A few days after making the video my entire class and family were at the event at the College where we stood up at a podium and listened to different people talk. The other two candidates and I had to answer the questions: How did we choose our campaign platform and what were we going to try to do as Kid Governor? We heard the governor’s wife, Mrs. Sununu, and one of the teachers from one of the candidate’s schools speak, and then voted.

When it was time to vote we all got in a line to a set of booths that had the governor for the state and the kid governor candidates. We voted for one adult candidate and one kid candidate, then waited for the event to end. We didn’t get the results of the kid election for many days.
Evelyn being sworn in to the
NH Kid Executive Council
One of the things Mrs. Sununu told me when she was talking to us during the event was that no matter who won, we should all go on to do our service projects. So when it turned out that I didn’t win, after being really disappointed, I decided I still wanted to do my project.

Mrs. Weick and my classmates were super supportive even though Lola won with her “Anti-Animal-Abuse” campaign. They helped me make posters for a winter clothing drive and put out donation boxes! Honestly my classmates seemed even more determined to go through with the plan than I was! 

When the clothing drive ended, my classmates and I had collected over 700 pieces of winter clothing, most of them for kids and all in really great shape. The next thing we had to do was fold it and organize it all. Luckily, we got through that without any problems.

The next step was to load the clothes into my mom’s van, which we also got through with ease. Then my mom and I drove the items to the local folks in Laconia, which turned out to be at the Salvation Army. The folks at this Salvation Army were so friendly and appreciative that I asked if I could volunteer there in the summer to get more experience in this area.
Evelyn delivering donations from her clothing drive

Monday, May 20, 2019

April Blog

Hi guys! Sorry I am a little late on this one…

April was so great!!
Lola with her popcorn
fundraiser stand

If you remember, when I last wrote the Pet Toy Club had started, and it was so fun! We made a lot of toys and colored posters to promote our popcorn sale to raise money for the Humane Society. By the time Pet Toy Club was over, we had created a couple hundred toys, colored a bunch of posters, and our popcorn sale raised $322!! The Humane Society was so excited to receive our donations. I think it is safe to say we all had a great time. I really appreciated all the help from our Sunset Heights teachers and kids who volunteered.

Next, I went on tour to visit 4th graders at some of the elementary schools in my city of Nashua, NH to tell the kids about the Kid Governor Program and, (hopefully), get them interested in participating next year. We went to Broad St, Main Dunstable, Charlotte Ave, and Birch Hill Elementary Schools. What great audiences they were! The cooperation from all the students was amazing and I had an awesome time!! They asked a lot of great questions and seemed very interested in the program. I think we got the kids excited to have the chance to become next year’s NH Kid Governor! I wonder if the winner will be from Nashua again?
Lastly, I was asked to create a video presentation about the Kid Governor Program and another video about how to make pet toys, and yes... I am on YouTube!

I met up with my chief of staff, Melanie, and the videographer, Anthony, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. The first video we made was all about how to make pet toys from recycled t-shirts. I was nervous so Melanie had the awesome idea of creating cue cards for me to help keep me on track. After that, the nerves went away and we went to work taping.

Lola with her teacher, Mrs. Foreman
Sometimes I would mess up, but they were so patient. Then, to make the video about the program, I was able to stand up at the podium in their auditorium and control my slideshow from the laptop that was projected onto two huge screens behind me while Anthony recorded my presentation. Many famous politicians have spoken at that podium and I am proud to say that I have too! I love that I can do work and have fun at the same time!

Well, go check out the videos. they're awesome!! Bye guys. Talk to you next month.

September Blog

Hello guys! Welcome to my September blog. I started middle school, and I am having so much fun here. We do so many things. I’ve already ha...