HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – State Senator Donna Mercado Kim (Dist. 14 - Kapalama, ‘Alewa, Kalihi Valley, Ft. Shafter, Moanalua Gardens & Valley, portions of Halawa and ‘Aiea) visited Ms. Doris Boushey’s fourth grade class at Moanalua Elementary School today to share the children’s book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. The book tells the story of Rosie, who wishes to become an engineer and help her aunt accomplish her dream of flying. After an unsuccessful attempt, Rosie learns that you only fail when you quit. The book is meant to motivate and inspire young girls to reach for their dreams and enter careers that seem unavailable to them.

Sen. Kim’s reading day is part of the National Foundation for Women Legislator’s (NFWL) mission to help elected women continue to be leaders in their community and celebrate the historic accomplishments of women who break barriers every day. Elected women on the state, municipal, and local levels across the country are participating in similar reading day activities.

“It’s an honor to work with the NFWL to read to the students at Moanalua Elementary today and deliver the message that each of them can achieve anything with hard work,” said Sen. Kim. “Their smiles and hugs are day brighteners and I hope books like Rosie Revere will encourage students to pursue their dreams.”

“We thank Sen. Kim for being a role model to students in her community,” stated Minnesota State Senator Carrie Ruud, NFWL’s 2017 Chair. “Inspiring the next generation of elected women is essential to our work at NFWL.”

The National Foundation for Women Legislators is the oldest organization for elected women. Because the organization does not have dues, over 5,000 elected women are considered members. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience.

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