Public Hearing in support of HB 5174

A heartfelt Thank You to students Jenna Tinker and Kelley Crittenden for testifying in person at the Public Hearing in support of HB 5174!

Thank you also to Lincoln Elementary School teacher Mary Ellen Farrell, Director of Talcott Center for Child Development Kelly Massucci, Michaela's Garden Project volunteer- Karen Patrocinio and Executive Director of Michaela's Garden Project Vicki Scott for testifying.

Thank you to everyone who could not attend, but sent in testimony!

A special Thank You to State Rep. Al Adinolfi for introducing this legislation!

Jenna Loraine Tinker
Lincoln School Green Team
New Britain, CT

Dear Committee Members,
Thank you for giving me the honor to speak with you today. My name is Jenna Loraine Tinker. I'm here in support of the proposed bill #5174 to establish Michaela Petit's four o’clock flower as the children's state flower. When I think of Michaela I think of a strong, 
brave, powerful girl. It's pretty rare for an eleven year old to organize walks and raise money for causes. I got the feeling that she was the kind of girl that wouldn't give up. Kind of like her four o'clock. Just imagine one little seed turning into a thousand flowers. Isnt that amazing?


Kelley Crittenden 
Lincoln School Green Team 
New Britain, CT

Thank you for giving me the honor to speak with you today. I am here in support of the proposed bill #5174 to establish Michaela Petit's four o’clocks as the children's state flower.I think you should consider this act as an example of Michaela showing young people like me, how to be nice, kind and to think of the people around them and not just themselves.

In 2014, The Green Team from Lincoln Elementary in New Britain, planted a bunch of four o’clock seeds at Walnut Hill Park in honor of Michaela. Doing this made me feel good because I like planting things. I felt like I was Michaela because she planted just a few of 
the four o’clocks and now they have grown into many.