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Page Fifth Graders Inspired by Oregon Representative's Visit

Page Fifth Graders Inspired by Oregon Representative's Visit
Allison McGowan

Eager and enthusiastic, Page Elementary fifth graders were given a first-hand account of what it’s like to help shape the city and state they live in. Representative John Lively visited the school in October to share his extensive experience as an elected official and potentially inspire students to enter the race to become the 2024 Oregon's Kid Governor. 

Rep. Lively talked about his family’s political history growing up in a small Oregon town. His father was mayor in Wallowa when he was growing up. This is what ultimately inspired him to seek political offices, including city council, mayor and state representative. 

During his presentation in front of about 50 students, the representative shared the diverse responsibilities and decision-making processes involved in holding elected office. His extensive background provided valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of public service. 
Rep. Lively led the students on a virtual tour of the Oregon State Capitol, allowing them to visualize themselves walking the halls as Oregon’s Kid Governor. He also talked about his interactions with Oregon’s last three sitting governors, including current Governor Tina Kotek. 
With their newfound understanding of the importance of civic engagement, Page Elementary’s fifth-graders are poised to become the future leaders of their communities.
Each Oregon’s Kid Governor candidate will choose a platform on which to focus during their term, if elected, and produce a campaign video. Elementary schools in Oregon can submit one candidate for election and every fifth grade class in Oregon is eligible to vote in the election after viewing the campaign videos. By engaging in the Oregon’s Kid Governor competition, the fifth graders have an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in shaping their community and making a positive impact. Visit the Oregon's Kid Governor website.