This month, Oregon Kid Governor Dom Peters, a resident of Gervais, released an educational video called "A Capitol Tour and Civics Lesson."
"Dom's video is geared toward fifth-graders, but everyone will enjoy watching and learning," said Secretary of State Dennis Richardson in a press release. "In the video, Dom talks with Governor Kate Brown, myself, State Treasurer Tobias Reed and Supreme Court Justice Thomas Balmer. It's truly a unique and fun learning experience."
Check out the video at orkg.kidgovernor.org/.
Oregon is the second state to undertake the Kid Governor program. West Virginia and New Hampshire are planning to begin their programs in the fall. Designed by the Connecticut Democracy Center, Connecticut's program began in 2015. Students who participate in the Kid Governor program gain hands-on experience running for office, making campaign videos, giving speeches, and voting in elections. The program also provides teachers with a toolkit filled with civics lessons and opportunities to broaden students' knowledge and understanding of government and how to become an advocate for a community issue.
Peters' community issue was anti-bullying. He wrote a book on the subject, which will be available in the fall. Dom will be appearing at the Oregon State Fair at noon Sept. 1 in Columbia Hall to read his book, "Pippin and the Super Kind Friends Club."
Visit the Oregon Secretary of State website or the Oregon's Kid Governor website to learn more about the program. Registration to participate in the 2019 Kid Governor program is open to all Oregon fifth grade classrooms and fifth grade homeschoolers.
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