Elementary students propose new state vegetable to legislators

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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Some West Omaha fourth graders had a big moment at the state capitol Monday afternoon.

The Reagan Elementary students visited a hearing room to hear their own idea presented to state legislators, and all while wearing cornheads.

Their idea was to make corn the official state vegetable.

"I hope they see what hard work it is to make legislation. I hope they learn that being involved in civics is fun and exciting. I hope they're learning to be good people," fourth-grade teacher Thomas Whisinnand said.

The students are excited to see if the full legislature will turn the bill into law.

"It would be cool because everyone would eat corn," student Jackson Thamer said.

The students learned about some Florida kids who made a law that made the orange the official state fruit. They realized Nebraska doesn't have an official state vegetable and got to work on LB105.

They took the idea to their state senator.

"It doesn't matter how old you are or what grade, you can still do anything," student Brendan Batchelder said.

The fourth graders hope other students will read about their law one day.

"It's pretty cool because then I can say I was part of it and changing history," student Caleigh Walkenhorst said.

So far, there has been no opposition to the bill.

Only seven members of the class could make it to the hearing. The remaining students were watching the live feed of the hearing from their classroom.

They were also wearing cornheads.



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