Bill Proposed by 5th Graders Passes

A bill proposed by 5th graders from Shelton’s Bordeaux Elementary has passed both houses of the State Legislature. Substitute Senate Bill 5028 declares September as the Month of the Kindergartner, encouraging elementary schools to celebrate young students as they begin their lives in education.

The bill unanimously passed the Senate February 26th and unanimously passed the House on April 17th behind the efforts of Bordeaux students Ethan R., Graysen R., and Anthony P., with help from their teacher, Mary Clift.

Rep. Dan Griffey, originally sponsored the bill after the boys testified twice in the house, and once in the Senate. This year Senator Sam Hunt, 22nd District-Olympia sponsored the bill.

Four years ago, Mary Clift, had students brainstorm ideas for something they would like to see become a law in Washington, and students came up with the current bill. In 5th grade, Ethan was elected as Class President, Graysen as Class Vice-President, and Anthony as Class Secretary.

Over the past four years, Ethan, Graysen, and Anthony have worked extremely hard, testifying on the bill 3 different times. They had the opportunity to meet with Governor Inslee in his office and also Congressman Denny Heck, who came and met the entire 5th grade class.