Oklahoma ag in the Classroom Students Help Make Cotton The State FiberWed, 21 Apr 2021 09:22:33 CDT
Frederick Elementary 3rd graders worked to make cotton the state fiber of Oklahoma. The 2021, the students, their teachers, administrators, and community members sat in the Senate and House galleries while the resolution to make this happen took place.
After reading AITC's Red Dirt Symbols, the Frederick teachers and students realized the cotton growing all around them was not a state symbol, and they wrote letters to Sen. Kidd and Rep. Caldwell to see if they could persuade them to help cotton become the state fiber.
The students enjoyed a lunch of pizza and cotton cookies at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture before going to the Capitol. Shelley Heinrich from the Cotton Board brought each student a mini cotton bale and a bag of other cotton goodies. Senator Kidd's office also gave the students a treat bag while they were at the Capitol.
Lt. Governor Pinnell came out and greeted the kids and talked them a few minutes before they went to the gallery.
Halle Gayle Pineda, a teacher at Frederick writes, "What an amazing day for these special kids! Back in the fall we began studying the state and itís state symbols. The kids wondered why cotton wasnít anything of significance and decided it should be, because, well duh! So we began the process of learning more and more about cotton and came to the conclusion it should be the state fiber. We visited a cotton field, a bale of cotton, and a cotton gin thanks to the community. The kids then wrote letters to the state legislature trying to make this a real thing. We finally heard back about a month ago and they did it!! So today we were lucky enough to get to sit in as they took this resolution to the floor. We were treated to lunch by the Department of Agriculture, given all kinds of goodies by multiple people, and the kids got to be part of a little Oklahoma history! They worked so hard for this and we are so proud of them. Side note: we got to drive the kids by the OKC Bombing Memorial on our way out. So neat!"
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