This girl will be running for president some day.
Grand Junction – Colorado’s newest political force wears pink sneakers and, at times, hops around her office in them. She makes a smiley face out of push pins on a bulletin board next to a letter she received from a senator. And she wrinkles her nose and tosses her braid when she feels the need to explain that the flag hanging behind her desk is “like the one that Betsy Ross made, but it’s not the actual real one.”
Lily Thorpe, 10, might be a pint-sized political activist, but since she registered with the Colorado secretary of state’s office in February and officially created Colorado’s first political action committee headed by a grade-schooler, she has become a political player in the big world of caucuses and endorsements.
. . . At the top of Lily’s list of causes is funding for education.
Lily levels her blues eyes across the top of the table she can barely see over as she explains how the encyclopedias at her school are about 14 years old.
“How are kids supposed to learn about 9/11 with that?” she asks, referring to the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
She talks about pages falling out of her teacher’s books, broken hula hoops on the playground, kids who can’t read and have no tutors to help – problems she listed during a recent speech before the Mesa County Valley School District board.
Betsy says schools shouldn’t buy new encyclopedias: Use the Internet.
Is it a little weird that the Denver Post felt the need to explain 9/11?