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Cumberland Elementary class gets a surprise visitor

Third graders at Cumberland Elementary in West Lafayette were surprised and rewarded today.

Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 6:36 PM
Updated: Feb. 9, 2018 6:40 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)--It was an exciting morning at Cumberland Elementary.

A third grade class had a surprise visitor waiting outside their door Friday morning.

State Senator, Ron Alting, stopped by to give the class a special gift.

Last week the students presented the Firefly bill at the statehouse.

The bill was originally proposed in 2015 to name the firefly the state insect.

After years of letters, persistence and a presentation at the statehouse the bill is now on its way to the house.

48 State senators signed the original bill for the class and today Alting presented it to the students.

Alting wants students to know their voices made a difference.

Third grade student, Jessica Xie, says her experience in the state house is one she will never forget.

"Every time we get to go to the state house, we get to talk to everyone and it's amazing." Xie said.

The class decided it was important to have their voices heard.

"It gives you goosebumps going into a classroom like that to see the passion and they hard work that these kids put in." Alting said.

A difference he says everyone can learn from.

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