Gov. Bevin Tours Audubon Kids Zone

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made a stop in the Tri-State Thursday and toured the Audubon Kids Zone in Henderson.

"It was a moment where everything slowed down to be like, I'm actually proud of myself," Lydia Burnette says. 

Burnette is a 10-year-old who spends a lot of time at the AKZ, and also spent her fall break meeting Governor Bevin. 

"I was very proud, like I'm here, this is the governor it's awesome no words can really describe what I'm trying to describe," Burnette says. 

The governor toured AKZ and Burnette got to show off all that the AKZ does. 

"The fact that I'm here with all these important people, showing off basically and I'm actually getting listened to," Burnette says. 

Governor Bevin says, "For me, I think the smiles of these kids, the excitement it's fun for them to meet a governor but frankly I'm enjoying meeting them probably more than they're enjoying meeting me."

The AKZ provides families and students in Henderson's east end neighborhood with educational and social support services. It's something executive director Tammy Sutton was excited to share with the state governor. 

"I think it's very important for him to be able to see in person what happens instead of just hearing what happens or having someone tell a story," Sutton says. 

"I love kids and seeing them learning and that's what I'm taking out of here is just the joy in these places," governor Bevin says. 

The governor talked with kids, staff and board members and got a hands on feel for something he says could potentially apply to people across the state.

"This is not government funded," Bevin says. "This is people locally coming up with a community solution to a community problem and that's why it's working so well."

(This story was originally published October 12, 2017)
 


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