ELIZABETH, NJ  - Assemblywoman Annette Quijano visited Ms. Gasper’s 4 th grade Language Arts class at William F. Halloran School No. 22 this morning and taught an important lesson about leadership.
Quijano read Grace for President, the story of a girl who is stunned to discover that all U.S. presidents have been men and decides to kick off her own political career by running for president of her class.
“Every young girl and boy should read this book and understand the important lesson that it teaches,” stated Quijano. “Every single child should be inspired to achieve any level of greatness and they should know that they will not be disqualified from reaching those heights because of their gender or any other reason.”
Assemblywoman Quijano is member of the New Jersey General Assembly and chairs the Assembly Homeland Security and Preparedness Committee, is Vice-Chair to the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Assembly Appropriations Committees.
“As children see more women leaders, it becomes easier to envision that they could step into such roles themselves,” Quijano added, “And, the timing couldn’t be any better. These children just saw an historical moment for women as Hillary Clinton became the first female major party nominee for President of the United States. Wherever an individual stands on the political spectrum, we can all agree that this is a great example for our children to learn that women can do anything.”
Following the visit to Ms. Gasper’s class, Assemblywoman Quijano presented the William F. Halloran Music Department and the Voice, Jazz, Strings & Concert Band with Assembly citations honoring their first place finish at the annual Music in the Parks competition on Saturday, June 4 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.
“As always, I’m incredibly proud of these students, teachers, and parents who work so hard day-in and day-out to strive for excellence in their academics and extracurricular activities,” stated Quijano. “Their music is simply beautiful.”
Grace for President, written by Kelly DiPucchio with illustrations by LeUyen Pham, also provides an introduction to the electoral college system, as Grace’s classmates are assigned to represent states with varied numbers of electoral votes.
The book, published by Disney-Hyperion, was made available 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 (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. CAWP created Teach a Girl to Lead™ to inspire girls and young women to follow in the footsteps of women leaders, past and present. Making women’s political leadership visible to America’s youth will help both boys and girls grow up with more inclusive ideas about who can lead.