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Colorado Governor Jared Polis speaks at CMU to campus’ youngest students

Visits Little Mavericks Learning Center

Jared Polis saw firsthand the benefits of Colorado COVID Relief Fund dollars invested in CMU and community childcare during his speech to a university audience, who after a quick straw poll by the Governor, revealed their average age of seven.

After sharing with the little Mavericks that his children were similar in age, Polis spoke to the little Mavs about being governor and what it means to be in elected office. During the talk he likened being Governor to being, “President of Colorado” to which six-year-old student asked him if he “knew President Trump.”smimg_4717.jpg

The exchange resulted in light-hearted laughter from CMU President Tim Foster as he and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese joined the Governor for a tour of the Center.

“It’s important that the Governor see the good that Colorado’s COVID Relief Fund efforts are doing in our community and I was honored to join him and hear some light-hearted conversation between him and the kids,” said Pugliese. “It was refreshing in the midst of the tough conversations we are having in society these days.”

In May 2020, CMU applied for a grant on behalf of Little Mavericks Learning Center from the Colorado COVID Relief Fund to assist students, faculty, CMU staff and essential workers in the community.

“CMU has worked over the last few months responding to challenges of COVID-19 and expanding childcare options for parents as they faced a once-in-a-generation challenge," said CMU President Tim Foster. “The Governor’s support of our request and visit today was much appreciated."

More than twenty children joined the Governor. For more information about the Colorado COVID relief fund visit here.

For more information about the Maverick Relief Fund visit the CMU Foundation.

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Written by David Ludlam