Nearly two years ago, a group of fourth-graders at Sabetha Elementary School in Kansas started a conversation about fruit. It wasn’t because they were hungry. These students wanted to know why Kansas didn’t have an official fruit, like more than 30 other states do.
A fruit is one example of a state symbol—an object that represents a state’s traditions and values. Other state symbols include flags, flowers, and birds.
The students at Sabetha Elementary decided that Kansas should have its own state fruit. And they were determined to make it happen.
“They really worked as a team to accomplish this goal,” says their teacher, Jobi Wertenberger.
But the process wasn’t easy. The kids were about to find out what it takes to create a new law.