Involving Students in the State of the State

By Gary R. Herbert

Each year, I look forward to giving my State of the State address. It is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what we have accomplished in the previous year, and to look toward Utah’s future. I also enjoy the rare opportunity of speaking directly to all the citizens of Utah, to whom I am accountable as their duly elected leader.

This year, my address will be broadcast live on Wednesday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m., on Utah’s four major network stations. It will also be live-streamed on my website,

Our elementary school students generally study Utah history in the fourth grade. This year, I am excited to announce that we have created a State of the State activity sheet for fourth grade students, which they may complete while viewing my address. The activity sheet is available for download here  and at

Teachers who provide their students this worksheet are also invited to be considered for a classroom visit from me, by sending an email with their name, school, grade, and contact information to

Civic involvement is a cherished public virtue in our state and our nation, and one which we should instill in our children at an early age. I invite all educators to take advantage of this teaching opportunity and to encourage their students to learn what is happening in our great state.