Hello Mr. President: Children’s School Takes Colonnade


“I’m from Santa Monica, I took a Jet Blue and it went really fast. Now I’m at Chautauqua,” 3-year-old Rex Bulette explained to Chautauqua Institution President Michael E. Hill. Rex was just one of many Children’s School students to talk to the president Wednesday.

In a field trip organized by Children’s School Director Kit Trapasso, students traveled around Chautauqua throughout Week Eight to get their passports stamped. The halls of the Colonnade were packed on Wednesday, as students spoke to Institution administrators and staff, asking them about their jobs and seeing the inner workings of Chautauqua. 

“I love it when the youngest Chautauquans come,” Hill said. “Chautauqua is fueled by these kids becoming adults, so it’s always fun to see them at the beginning of their journey.”

Students left employees with smiles in every office they visited, from operations to finance and program offices. Cycling through the halls, the 3- to 6-year-olds offered hugs and high fives to everyone walking by. The students were excited for their field trip, as they learned and brought smiles to the Colonnade.

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The author Evan Dean

Evan Dean is originally from West Orange, New Jersey, but now spends most of his time in St. Petersburg, Florida, studying at Eckerd College. Currently majoring in communications with a minor in journalism, he covers recreation for the Daily. An avid canoe voyager and Eagle Scout, Evan loves spending time outdoors and is ready for his first summer at Chautauqua.