Good Citizen Challenge [571]

Good Citizen Challenge [571]


♪ Cause we’re stuck in, stuck in Vermont ♪ ♪ Can’t get out ♪ Be a good citizen! [in unison] [cheers] Welcome to Stuck in Vermont brought to
you by Seven Days and sponsored by New England Federal Credit Union. My name’s
Eva Sollberger, we are here in Montpelier at the Statehouse and today we are
celebrating the students who completed the Good Citizen Challenge. They’re going
to meet the governor, be recognized in the House and they’re gonna tell us why
it’s so important to be a good citizen. This way, right here! ♪ Be a ♪ ♪ Be a good citizen ♪ ♪ Who me? ♪
♪ Yes you! ♪ Hello there good citizens. We had 70 kids come from all over the state. It’s very special for us to get to go here. I learned how to be a good
citizen and how to help the community. I love this state and I love the country and
you know, I’m never too old, never too young to pay service to it. Learn how to be a good citizen and
learn more about Vermont. A bit overwhelming when we first came
’cause it was like, we’re actually gonna
meet the governor. I certainly didn’t envision myself being in the position I’m in today when I was your age, by a long shot. But I think that it’s
important for all of us to get involved and be good citizens, be public servants. I participated in this because
I thought it was, like, a cool experience. The Good Citizen Challenge is a self-guided, civics activity – it’s basically a bunch of
activities that kids can do, that are related to civics and history and media
literacy and their community advocacy. They can do these things and through
doing them, earn points but also through doing them they’re learning about the
democratic values that we share. So we saw it in the newspaper last year and
I just kind of thought it connected to things that we hoped students would
explore. It was perfect timing with one of the units we were doing, talking
about government and citizenship. The nature of the activity really made
it so that kids could go all different ways because there was choice. I wrote a poem about America. I played America the Beautiful. ♪ ♪ So I did this singing thing where, like, you wrote a song. I wrote a poem about America and I also went to the Democracy puzzle piece thing. Took photos in front of a historical landmark in our town. You could plant a tree or
plant in your yard. It led us to continue our learning
with a naturalization ceremony. ♪ ♪ This is the House of Representatives, also known as the People’s House. So this year in the budget we have appropriated approximately a hundred and fifty billion dollars… I learned a lot about how, like, they handle
the money and where they put it and what it goes into. Cause it’s not just, like, what
you want – you have to kind of work together and find a plan so. All those in favor please signify by saying Aye. Aye [in unison] Madame Speaker, these fine young Vermonters are sitting in the gallery with their parents, chaperones and teachers and I ask that we welcome them to the People’s House. [applause] I think being a good citizen means,
like, being good to our world and, like, not polluting. Being able to understand what’s,
like, happening with politics. And to really bring up the community
when they need you, to be dependable. To act, use my voice, vote, we
also talked a lot about working together and listening to each other’s perspective
’cause we aren’t always gonna agree. Talking with people who
don’t agree with you and debating and really thinking about why they hold
their position is a key part of being in this building and making laws. So I
want to recognize Grace Heller. [applause] I enjoy being a good citizen. The ultimate goal was to get people to come here and see government. I hope this is
your first maybe but definitely not your last visit to the Vermont Statehouse.
Because we really need everyone to be a participant and to get involved.
Democracy doesn’t work unless you do! You live here, you might as well contribute. Thank you very much for coming. [applause] Be a good citizen! [in unison] ♪ Be a ♪ ♪ Be a good citizen ♪ Congratulations to all the good citizens and we will get stuck in Vermont
with you again real soon. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, sign up for our weekly email alerts and hey, maybe you should consider
being a good citizen too? The Good Citizen Challenge was
a project of Seven Days and Kids VT, we also had this incredible support from
the Vermont Community Foundation, we also had partners, Front Porch Forum and the Young Writers Project, the Vermont State Parks and state historic sites, Phoenix Books donated pocket constitutions – so we had just a lot of help from a
lot of different partners to make this a reality and I can’t wait to do it again next year.

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