PRESS RELEASE: LT. GOVERNOR MOLLY GRAY LAUNCHES "LT. GOVERNOR FOR A DAY" PROGRAM
Montpelier, Vt. –Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray launches, "Lt. Governor for a Day”— a virtual series to engage Vermont students and classrooms in state government.
The bi-weekly series hosted every other Wednesday starting, February 24, 2021 from 12:00 to 2:00pm will allow students to engage directly with the Lt. Governor.
Each “Lt. Governor for a Day” will begin with a Q&A with the Lt. Governor, followed by a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the Office and the Vermont State House. Students will also have an opportunity to observe the virtual proceedings of the Vermont Senate over which the Lt. Governor presides.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lt. Governor presides over virtual sessions of the Vermont Senate from the State House with Senators participating remotely. The introduction of computers to the Senate Chamber to allow sessions to take place via Zoom and be streamed live on YouTube is largely unprecedented. Prior to the pandemic, electronic devices were not permitted in the Senate Chamber.
Of the series, Lt. Governor Gray said, “This pandemic has offered a pivotal opportunity to expand access to an evolving digital democracy in Vermont,” and “As a product of Vermont’s education system, it is important to me to welcome – even if virtually for now – the next generation of Vermont leaders to the State House, to demystify some of the inner working of state government, and to encourage civic engagement as we work to rebuild trust in government at all levels.”
The “Lt. Governor for a Day” program will be open to schools statewide. School principals and teachers of all grades are encouraged to register. One classroom will be hosted per session.
Principals and teachers wishing to participate can learn more and register online: https://ltgov.vermont.gov/ltgovernorforaday