Area Students to Testify Virtually on State’s Official Ice Cream Flavor

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State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) talks to Stanfield third graders last November. On Wednesday, several students will testify before a subcommittee on what Oregon's official ice cream flavor should be. (Contributed photo)

Stanfield elementary school students will testify virtually before a state government subcommittee on a tasty topic – the state’s official ice cream flavor.

Last November, State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) visited Stanfield Elementary’s third-grade class. He gave a presentation on “how an idea becomes a law” to Shanna Evans’ class. The interactive exercise was based on establishing an official flavor of ice cream for the state of Oregon. Smith promised to follow up with the class during the legislative session in 2024.

On Monday, Smith announced that several students will virtually testify before the Joint Ways and Means General Government Subcommittee on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Smith, who is a co-chair of the committee, has invited them to discuss what they learned and the ultimate decision the class made on what they believe Oregon’s official state ice cream should be.

“My students loved it when Rep. Smith came in November and taught them the process of how a bill becomes law. They continue to talk about it and teach their families the information, too,” said Evans, “They are so excited for this opportunity to speak with the committee and are grateful for such an amazing experience”.

“Last year, the students were learning about how an idea becomes a law and now they will be part of the legislative process.” said Rep. Smith. “Civic engagement is so critical and I’m glad a group of elementary students will be testifying on their experience learning about the legislative process”.

Click this link to go to the committee’s website and to watch the meeting virtually.

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