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During spring break, schools were mostly empty. But, on April 11, Horace Mann Elementary was bustling with activity. About 60 AT&T employees and a team from City Year Care Force spent the day pressure washing, painting, mulching and building.

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    Never too young – State senator reads to students; encourages civic participation and voting


    Students listen as a story is read to themState Senator Manka Dhingra was inspired to run for office in 2016 after the presidential election. Just one month later, she was running for state senate in the 45th legistlative district. She stopped by Ella Baker Elementary (Baker) on October 12 to promote the need for everyone to participate in a democracy and to tell students what motivated her to run for office.

    She started by reading the children’s book, Grace for President, to kindergartners. Grace for President is a fictional story of a young girl who becomes inspired to run in a mock school election after learning a woman has never been president of the United States. The book introduces readers to the American electoral system and encourages hard work and courage.

    “It’s really important for everyone to participate in a democracy and learn what it means to participate,” said Senator Dhingra. “And I think you have to start having those conversations as early on as possible.”

    Senator Dhingra then spoke with the grade 4/5 Quest students. She talked to these older students about running for office, what it means and what elected officials do. The prosecutor told the students her goal has always been to seek justice that is fair in every situation. She said she has plenty of opportunities to do just that, as both a state senator and prosecutor.