Say's Firefly bill becomes law

The Say's Firefly is now Indiana's state insect. Governor Eric Holcomb traveled to West Lafayette Friday to make it official.

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 6:47 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2018 10:47 PM

Students at Cumberland Elementary are proving the importance of perseverance. After four years of lobbying legislators, students created a law. The Say's Firefly is now Indiana's state insect. Governor Eric Holcomb traveled to West Lafayette Friday to make it official.

It's all about the experience at Cumberland Elementary.

"I felt like I was walking into an NBA championship game. The vibe just doesn't get any cooler than that," said Gov. Holcomb. 

Fifth Grader Kayla Xu started it all when she was in second grade. State Sen. Ron Alting calls her the true author of the bill. That's why she got to help sign it.

"I was a little nervous that I was like going to make the governor mess up," said Xu. 

Xu and her classmates have waited four years for this moment.

"They never gave up. They perservered and at the end of the day, they persuaded adults to arrive at what I think was an informed decision," said Holcomb. "I'm not going to say they're future lobbyists, but they could be if they wanted to be."

That's the message Xu wants other kids to take away from all of this.

"Anyone can do anything," she said. 

It's the same lesson Second Grade Teacher Maggie Samudio taught Xu years ago.

"This was an opportunity for the children to finally have closure on this four-year project and see that the democratic process works," said Samudio. 

Former State Rep. Sue Scholer said this wasn't the first class to try it.

"It was a class that came down that allowed us to get the bill through the House 25 years ago," said Scholer. 

However, it died in the Senate. She applauds Gov. Holcomb for putting it on his agenda this year.

Holcomb said that decision was easy. He caught the bug.

"Now, I will never look up in the sky on an Indiana summer night deep into July when they're flickering and flashing and not think of these students who made it all true," said Holcomb. 

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