Governor Hickenlooper joined us here at Clayton Early Learning this month to share a birthday breakfast celebration. The children were excited to spend time with him and to talk about what they would do if they were in his shoes. At breakfast, the children presented the Governor with a book they had created called If I Were Governor. What strikes me most about the book that our Clayton Educare children wrote for Governor Hickenlooper, was that their ideas for leadership touched on the fundamental values of what it means to be an American. Children have a very special way of telling the story of their own dreams, hopes and aspirations. Though light-hearted and funny, they carry with them the same message of equality, community and opportunity that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned for our nation. I couldn’t begin to do the children’s voices justice, so I will share them here in their own words.
I would dance and help everybody, like those who are not happy and need my help! ~ Itiah
I would buy a school bus and give everyone free rides to school. ~ Donovan
I would keep people safe and if people try to mess with them I would be the red Spiderman. ~ Quan’tre
I would build a school with a big, big garden, so we could grow the food and feed all the kids. ~ Veronica
I would give people free medicine. ~ Jayla
I would rescue people and be a good person. ~ Jeremiah
I will say I will help you; I will fix your house; I will give them hugs. ~ Nijaha
Make sure that all the people have good schools. Help the poor people build houses, for people that don’t have houses. ~ Kaylin
I will help people fix things if it was broken. I would also plant some plants. ~ Tiana
We could make food for all the people, not just one, but all of them. ~ Kenika
Tell people that the only thing I can’t do is nothing. ~ Avian
I am so glad that our children shared these ideas on governing. Their words remind me that we are all leaders (even the youngest among us). We do not have to wait until we hold a government position to take action on these dreams for our world. We have the power within ourselves to lead change within our own communities and schools. Avian certainly has it right when she says that, “the only thing we CAN’T do is NOTHING”. What would the children in your life suggest to Governor Hickenlooper if given the chance?