Each year a small group of young Vermonters in the eighth grade who are interested in public affairs are selected to work as legislative pages in the Vermont State House. Serving as a page for members of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and various legislative offices offers a unique opportunity to observe the workings of the legislature and to witness firsthand the often historic events in Montpelier.
Many Vermont politicians, including members of the current legislature, got their start working as pages. Between 125 and 150 applications are received each year, and only a small group is chosen from those applications.
One of those chosen to serve as a legislative page this year was fourteen-year-old Sabina Brochu of Williston, VT. Recently, after receiving her first paycheck, young Sabina wrote a letter to Friends of the Vermont State House, the non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and restoration of the capitol building.
In her letter, Sabina wrote in part, “After I got my first paycheck, I decided I would donate some of it to you because I think the State House is a wonderful place and I think that everyone deserves to see its best.” She continued, “I hope my donation helps to keep the State House beautiful for many years to come.”
The Board of Trustees for Friends of the Vermont State House were so moved and impressed by Sabina’s generosity, they arranged for a private meeting between this legislative page and Governor Phil Scott.
At that time, members of the Friends Trustees made a special presentation of its recently published book, Intimate Grandeur, to Sabina. With a signed copy of Intimate Grandeur, the Friends Trustees told Sabina this 120-page commemorative publication, complete with exquisite photographs and illustrations of notable paintings and drawings, is a celebration of the historic seat of Vermont’s state government.
The Friends of the Vermont State House sees the full potential of the State House and is committed to conservation of its historical integrity, as well as promotion of civics education and public appreciation for the building and its collections. For more information on Friends of the Vermont State House and how you can be involved, go to https://vtstatehouse.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont students who are interested in serving as a legislative page in 2019 should go to https://legislature.vermont.gov/the-state-house/civic-education/become-a-legislative-page/.