Secretary of State
Grayson Launches New “Kids Site” about Kentucky and Government

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 20, 2009  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803
Les.Fugate@ky.gov
 


As part of the 2010 Civics Month celebration, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced the launch of a new kids’ website which focuses on Kentucky and Kentucky Government.  The site, which can be found at www.sos.ky.gov/kids, will be an excellent resource for students across the Commonwealth, particularly those students who are currently studying about Kentucky in their classes.

            “As part of our effort to reach more citizens and get them actively engaged in their communities and government, we recognized the need for more online resources for our young citizens,” stated Secretary Grayson.  “This site will allow children to learn more about our great state in a fun and interactive way.”

            The site includes information about Kentucky and its resources including history, geography and regions, important industries, and places to visit.  In one section, students can learn about famous Kentuckians and in another learn about the importance of agriculture, coal, and other Kentucky resources to the Commonwealth’s economy.   

            One section of the website is dedicated to Kentucky government so that students can learn how Kentucky’s laws are made.  Here, students can learn about elected officials from the federal delegation, Kentucky’s constitutional officers, and local elected officials in addition to the framework of Kentucky’s law making process.

            With games, activities, and links to contests, there is also plenty of fun for students to have when they visit the site.  A student can learn while engaging in fun activities that reference government or Kentucky.

The website is part of a recommendation from the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK). CLIK is a multi-year effort that will determine a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and civic literacy within the Commonwealth.  As part of that effort, CLIK released a report, Rediscovering Democracy: An Agenda for Action, that calls upon the state to take tangible steps to increase civic literacy.  The report, which details four principle recommendations and scores of additional recommendations, was developed from the work of the Kentucky Workgroup on Civic Literacy which Secretary Grayson chairs. 

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