Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian

May 22, 2014

Northern Spring Peeper
Northern Spring Peeper
Credit 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.

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.

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.