Educating Tomorrow's Political Leaders--Tomorrow!

On Thursday, October 23, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University will offer a crash course in the realities of public office to 40 Connecticut school children. Participants in “Students’ Day in Hartford” will be fifth graders from Toquam School in Stamford and Longfellow School in Bridgeport.

“Our goal is to inspire youngsters to become politically active and stay aware throughout their lives,” says Allyson Serxner Stollenwerck, the program coordinator and a delegate to the Women’s Campaign School’s Board of Directors.

The Women’s Campaign School, which is affiliated with the Yale Law School and the Yale women’s studies program, offers training courses in political campaigning. “Students’ Day in Hartford” is its first effort to reach out to Connecticut youth.

At 9:30 a.m., students will gather in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, for a talk by Nancy Valentine, mayor of Ansonia. The students will then watch Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell and State Comptroller Nancy Wyman as they go about their professional duties through the morning. Pauline R. Kezer, former secretary of state for Connecticut will deliver lunchtime remarks. From there, the students will tour the capitol building with a guide from the League of Women Voters, accompanied by State Representative Denise Merrill.

“The best example we can set for our children is our work ethic and our desire to learn,” said Ms. Wyman. “I am delighted that these students will be sharing those values with my outstanding staff.”

“We are pleased to welcome the students to the Capitol to see their government in action first-hand,” said Ms. Rell. “Who knows, perhaps these classes will include a future lieutenant governor or state comptroller.”

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