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Newport Third Graders Lobby For Official State Insect

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A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect. The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in...

A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect.  The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport want to make the American Burying Beetle the Ocean State’s official bug.

Their teacher Linda Spinney says the students will make their case at the Statehouse Thursday before lawmakers.

“We’re taking the school bus up there today. It will be a late night for them but I think their parents want them to really see the process and where it takes you when your voices are heard.”

Spinney says the students got excited by the black and orange insect because it’s an endangered species.  In Rhode Island, the beetle is found primarily on Block Island.

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Newport Third Graders Lobby For Official State Insect
Newport Third Graders Lobby For Official State Insect