Noah Sanders of Oyster River is the executive advisor for the 2024 NH Kid

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DURHAM – Oyster River Middle School student Noah Sanders has been sworn in as a member of the 2024 New Hampshire Children’s Executive Council.

On Tuesday, January 9, Sanders and his family attended the 2024 New Hampshire Governor Kidd’s inauguration at the State House in Concord.

This year, more than 2,000 fifth-grade students participated NH Kid Governor Programwhich teaches students about civics and democracy and encourages engagement as a global citizen.

Oyster River Middle School student Noah Sanders was sworn in as a member of the New Hampshire Children's Governor's Executive Council for 2024. Front row, from left, Cambree, Jackson, Noah, and Madeline Sanders;  Back row, fifth grade teacher Diana Pelletier, mother Astrid Sanders, father Steve Sanders, Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, and Superintendent James C. Morse, father.

Twenty students were nominated by their schools to be considered as nominees, with Sanders selected as one of eight finalists. Other 2024 platforms focused on issues such as increasing classroom funding, child hunger, animal abuse, littering, kindness and inclusion, and mental health.

Sanders’ platform focused on alleviating homelessness. In his campaign videoHe outlined a three-point plan to establish food pantry zones at each school, raise money to purchase toiletries and other necessities, and speak at schools throughout New Hampshire to encourage the development of local action plans.

“This program really engages students in the democratic process,” Pelletier said. “It is civic education at its best and empowers fifth graders to feel like they have a voice in important matters in our communities.”

This article originally appeared on the Portsmouth Herald: Noah Sanders of Oyster River is the executive advisor for the 2024 NH Kid

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