The Warren School fifth-grade class was recently one of only seven classes in the state to be invited to Connecticut’s Old State House in Hartford to witness the inauguration of Connecticut’s Kid Governor Elena Tipton.

The opportunity came about because Heather Twyeffort selected the Connecticut Kid Governor Program as a way to teach her students about civics and government in a real world manner.

As a result of the program, Abby Wayland-Smith was elected by her classmates to represent Warren School in the bid for Kid Governor, and was one of seven finalists in the state.

She ran for Connecticut Kid Governor in the fall with a campaign to save Connecticut bats.

The students visited the Old State House Jan. 29, and Abby participated in a press conference at the event.

Following the inauguration ceremony, the class collaborated in station activities throughout the building to gain a realistic experience with the three branches of government.

The class learned about the branches as they visited historic chambers and met representatives from state government.

The class will continue Abby’s campaign as it studies Connecticut bats in the upcoming weeks.

Connecticut’s Kid Governor is a statewide program created by Connecticut’s Old State House. To learn more, visit www.CT.KidGovernor.org.