Governor greets Laconia students on first day back

LACONIA — New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan dropped by Pleasant Street Elementary School Tuesday afternoon where she welcomed students on their first day of the new school year and took questions from them about her job.
Hassan was introduced to the students by Principal Dave Levesque, who said that it was his first day as principal at the school with students in their classrooms, his first school assembly and also his birthday.
The governor asked students a series of questions and found out that computers, art and music, along with lunch and recess, were the things they liked most about school.
She urged students to seek help from their teachers and friends when a subject seemed difficult and to ''keep at it and work hard'' to improve their understanding of subject matter, telling them that by applying themselves they were preparing themselves for good jobs and being able to make a difference in their community.
Students ventured their own descriptions of the governor's job, which ranged from ''helping people'' to ''running the state'' and questioned Hassan on how much paperwork was involved in her job.
''There's a lot of paperwork but most of my job is working with people. I have the best job in the world because I get to talk with people from all over and work with them to solve problems,'' said Hassan.
Her visit to Laconia followed one earlier in the day at Nashua High School South where she greeted incoming freshman and was billed by her office as part of an effort to highlight the need for a strong public education system in New Hampshire.


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Governor Maggie Hassan fields questions from students at Pleasant Street Elementary School on Tuesday morning as new Principal David Levesque looks on. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)