Andover Student Gets Named to Kids Executive Council

Fifth grade students participate in civics lessons

By Kasey Schoch

Each year, fifth grade students all over the state of New Hampshire get to participate in an in depth civics lesson. The New Hampshire Kid Governor Program helps students learn about the state government, election and voting, and civic responsibilities. Students research their chosen community issue, research the issue to create a platform for their campaign, and create a campaign video. After the committee chooses the seven finalists, fifth graders all over New Hampshire have the opportunity to view the campaign videos and vote for their Kid Governor.

This year, Andover Elementary Middle School has the honor of having one of these seven finalists in our own hallways. Ava Strahan-Howe was named one of the finalists that students had the opportunity to vote on this year.  Her campaign centered around homelessness, and she initiated a very successful clothing drive at AE/MS as part of her campaign.  You can view her campaign video on YouTube.

While Ava did not win in the final election, she was named as part of the 2023 New Hampshire Kid Executive Council, and her contribution to her community was a success.