Grade schoolers vie to name top amphibian

Okemos Fourth Graders Lobby For State Amphibian WKAR by Great Lakes Echo

Northern Spring Peeper. Image: paherps.com, Bob Hamilton

Northern spring peeper. Image: paherps.com, Bob Hamilton

Some elementary students in Okemos are wrapping up their school year with a crash course in political lobbying.

Four students at the Okemos Public Montessori at Central Elementary have written to state representative Sam Singh asking him to sponsor a bill designating the Northern Spring Peeper as Michigan’s state amphibian.

Gray Tree Frog. Image: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jim Harding

Gray tree frog. Image: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jim Harding

There are actually three bills circulating in the Michigan House right now, each for a

different species of frog. The northern spring peeper is the choice here in mid-Michigan. However, last year state representative Pat Somerville introduced a bill supporting the eastern gray tree frog, and state rep Matt Lori is backing the Blanchard’s cricket frog.

Blanchards cricket frog. Image Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jim Harding

Blanchards cricket frog. Image Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jim Harding

 

Current State’s Kevin Lavery paid a visit to Central Elementary to find out how the Okemos students got involved. Fourth grade teacher Christine Batora, who goes by “Mrs. Christine,” says she was giving a lesson on our state symbols when the kids were chagrined to learn that Michigan lacks a state amphibian.

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