KAPAA — State Rep. Nadine Nakamura, D-14, gave third graders at Kapaa Elementary School an idea of what it’s like to be the president of the United States.
“If I Were President,” by Catherine Stier, explains the varied duties of the president of the United States. The book provides an overview of the presidency for elementary-age children. With a diverse cast of girls and boys, the book’s intent is to have children imagine themselves as president.
“After reading them ‘If I Were President,’ it put the idea of women’s leadership in the spotlight and creates important social change for young people,” Nakamura said. “It also encourages them to engage in public life and recognizing the important roles of women as public leaders.”
The book, read to Shelby Dabin’s third-grade class, was provided to women lawmakers across the country, both in Congress and in state legislatures, by Teach a Girl to Lead, a program of the non-partisan Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
After reading the story to children, the lawmakers donate their copies to school libraries.
Nakamura just completed her first legislative session.