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Luke Peterson, Kid Governor 2018

Sunbeam Family Services and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) recently announced 11-year old Luke Peterson as the next Oklahoma Kid Governor. The two organizations will introduce him at a press conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol’s later this year.  Luke, who is homeschooled through Epic Charter Schools, was one of 11 children ages 7-11 who submitted videos for the “Vote 4 Kids” campaign led by Sunbeam and OICA. As Kid Governor, Luke will serve until spring of 2019.

“I am so honored to be chosen as Oklahoma’s Kid Governor. I’m excited to be a voice for the kids of this great state,” said Luke. “I’m ready to take advantage of this opportunity and bring some of the problems that kids struggle with to the forefront and am thankful to be in this position and I’m ready to jump in and get started.”

During Luke’s term, he will address issues affecting the well-being of Oklahoma’s children such as foster care, childhood hunger and poverty, early childhood education and mental health.

Son of Kari and Shane Peterson, Luke’s video submission addressed child hunger and other issues facing Oklahoma’s children.

“Children of Oklahoma face many issues. One that is especially important to me is child hunger. The statistics are mind blowing!” said Luke. “Hunger not only affects kids in the obvious physical ways but also mentally, emotionally and in their ability to learn. That is why I want to focus on ending child hunger.”

Luke will be Oklahoma’s third Kid Governor. Audrey Patton and Justin Evers used their platform as Kid Governor to speak out about foster care, food insecurity and other pressing issues.

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