07Children’s Advocacy Day is an opportunity for advocates to tell elected officials to stand up for kids and protect Kentucky children. But oftentimes kids don’t have the opportunity to tell those leaders what it is that they need in their homes, schools, and communities.

This year, children across the Commonwealth created art and wrote essays telling elected officials what “Kentucky kids need.” That art has been hanging in the tunnel that connects the Capitol to the Legislative Annex since Monday and will remain there through Children’s Advocacy Day on Thursday.

What do Kentucky kids say they need? From toothbrushes to clean air to loving communities, Kentucky kids need YOU—and their legislators—to help them be safe, healthy, happy, and successful.

“A loving community and enough supplies to do good in school.”—Alexandra, 11

“Toothbrush and casts and food and water.”—Neveah, 8

“To save our lungs and ban indoor smoking!”—Adison, 11

“Strong, supportive teachers to let them know they matter.”—Hannah, 14

“Less bullying, less smoking, and less trash.”—Emily, 11

“A place that will talk it out with them if they’re caught doing something wrong.”—Jessica, 13

“A safe home.”—Amar, 8

“People to be understanding when we make mistakes and not give up on us when we do.”—Claire, 17

“To be smart. Love. Books. Exercise.”—Ruby, 5

“Hope.”—Sarva, 15

“Safer streets.”—Lily, 9

“Protection and help.”—Uriel, 10

“Adults to be involved in the lives of kids.”—Erin, 17

“Love. Friends. House. Toys. Nature.”—Devon, 5

View the gallery below, or find the photos on our Facebook page. If you will be in Frankfort for Children’s Advocacy Day on February 5th, walk through the tunnel and listen to what children and youth say they need. Take photos and share with #kykidsneed on Instagram and Twitter. Can’t be there? Be sure to follow the #kykidsneed hashtag!