Governor for a Day

What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s Governor for a day?

Every day I talk with young girls and women—from my own daughter to successful Rhode Island businesswomen—and I am reminded how important it is to expose young girls to the significance of public service.

Girls should know that, with hard work and dedication, the opportunities available to them here in Rhode Island are endless. That’s why I created the “Governor for a Day” essay contest for 5th–8th grade girls. This contest will give us all a chance to engage in that conversation.

The winning essayist will be named “Governor for a Day” and spend a day this spring as Rhode Island’s Governor.

Girls: Send me your essays answering the question, “What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s Governor for a Day?”

I look forward to hearing from you!


How to Apply:

This Women’s History Month initiative is open to girls in 5th through 8th grade throughout the state.

Interested applicants should apply by March 21, 2018 and answer this question in 400 words or fewer:

“What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s Governor for a day?”

Students should submit the following information along with their essay:

  • Name
  • Age
  • School
  • Grade
  • Home Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Teacher’s Contact Information
  • Parent or Guardian Name(s)

Applicants may email their essays as an attachment to Google documents will not be accepted.

Or they may mail their essays to:

“Governor for a Day” Essay Contest
c/o Governor’s Communications Office
82 Smith Street, Room 110
Providence, RI 02903

Best of luck to all applicants!

Teachers looking to incorporate the essay into their curriculum should feel free to use the attached worksheet.