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Secondary Teachers: Schedule a Field Trip to Hmong American Day at the Capitol

It is with great honor that the Hmong American Day Board and the Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships (OFECP) invite you and your students to Hmong American Day at the Minnesota Capitol on May 14.

The program at the Capitol is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 pm. Teachers are responsible for following the Type II Field Trip planning and procedures, and OFECP will fund transportation. Please note that transportation and lunches should be ordered at least two weeks in advance.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by Friday, April 26 to Heather at the contact information below. We will share the day’s program with you after you RSVP.

Questions about the field trip? Please contact Heather Kilgore, or 651-744-4223.

Questions about Hmong American Day? Please see below, or contact our partners Maikao Vue, Committee Chair or 952-388-8196.

May 14, 2019 marks Minnesota’s Annual Hmong American Day (HAD) celebration to commemorate the 44 year anniversary of the first day of the Hmong people’s evacuation out of Laos and the beginning of the Hmong American Diaspora.

The Hmong then sought refuge in Thailand and eventually resettled in the United States and around the world. Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed May 14 Hmong American Day (HAD) in 2013, and it has given Hmong Minnesotans a place in our state’s history to remember our past, while looking forward as we shape our common future.

Therefore, May 14, 2019 marks our 7th Annual Hmong American Day celebration. As one of our avenues to celebration Hmong Americans, we will assemble students at the state capitol to meet and interact with Minnesota elected officials and other community leaders.

The objective for this field trip is to provide students an opportunity to meet with elected officials and community leaders to a gain better understanding of civil engagement, the government system and to share one another’s stories on what it means to be contributing American citizens.


Heather Kilgore