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December 15, 2017

Coweta Senator rides with Newnan Crossing students on trip to state Capitol

On​ ​December​ ​7,​​ ​160 third​ ​graders​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​from​ ​Newnan​ ​Crossing​ ​Elementary​ ​made their​ ​first​ ​field​ ​trip​ ​of​ ​the​ ​year​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Georgia​ ​State​ ​Capitol, and had the added excitement of riding along with their state Senator.

Newnan Senator​ ​Matt​ ​Brass​ ​(District-28)​ ​accompanied the students on their school bus ride to the Gold Dome. “Senator Brass showed our​ ​students​ ​what​ ​it​ ​means​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​caring​ ​and​ ​thoughtful​ ​legislator,” said 3rd​ ​grade ​teacher Ashley Vasconcelles.

“The students were​ ​going​ ​to​ ​see​ ​first​-​hand​ ​our​ ​social​ ​studies​ ​standards​ ​in​ ​action.” Said ​ Vasconcelles. “Senator Brass​ ​and​ ​his​ ​staff​ ​organized​ ​our​ ​day​ ​and​ ​made​ ​sure​ ​we​ ​were​ ​exposed​ ​to the​ ​many​ ​different​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​our​ ​state​ ​government. Several​ ​students,​ ​knowing​ ​the​ ​senator​ ​resides​ ​in​ ​Newnan,​ ​asked​ ​if​ ​he​ ​would be​ ​going​ ​to​ ​and​ ​from​ ​the​ ​capitol​ ​with​ ​us​ ​on​ ​the​ ​school​ ​bus.​”

Her students used their​ ​writing​ ​time​ ​to​ ​send​ ​Senator​ ​Brass​ ​​persuasive letters​ ​inviting​ ​him​ ​to​ ​ride​ ​the​ ​bus​ ​with them. A​ ​theme​ ​was​ ​established - ​“Ride​ ​the​ ​Bus​ ​With​ ​Us!”​ ​Each​ ​student​ ​created a​ ​rough​ ​draft​ ​and Vasconcelles ​conferenced​ ​with​ ​them​ ​to work​ ​on​ ​sentence​ ​structure, details​ ​and​ ​conventions.​ ​​ ​Their​ ​final​ ​letters​ ​were​ ​typed,​ ​printed​ ​and delivered.

Student Kennady​ ​Duncan​ ​was​ ​concerned​ ​that​ ​the​ ​senator​ ​would​ ​be​ ​lonely​ ​and​ ​not have​ ​anyone​ ​hear​ ​his​​ ​singing​ ​voice​ ​if​ ​he​ ​drove​ ​by​ ​himself.​ ​​ ​“(If​ ​you ride​ ​with​ ​us)​ ​You​ ​will​ ​have​ ​people​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​too​ ​and​ ​you​ ​can​ ​sing​ ​pretty​ ​loud and​ ​won’t​ ​have​ ​to​ ​sing​ ​by​ ​yourself.”

Azaria​ ​Newton​ ​used​ ​the​ ​negativity​ ​of​ ​Atlanta​ ​traffic​ ​to​ ​help​ ​convince​ ​him, “Atlanta​ ​has​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​traffic​ ​ever.”

Jaida-Lee​ ​Morrison​ ​said​ ​“...Mrs.​ ​V’s​ ​hair​ ​is​ ​curly​ ​like​ ​Mrs.​ ​Frizzle’s​ ​hair​ ​on the​ ​Magic​ ​School​ ​Bus.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​rode​ ​the​ ​bus​ ​with​ ​us​ ​it​ ​would​ ​be​ ​like​ ​one​ ​big adventure.”

Cidney​ ​Zamora​ ​wrote,​ ​“You​ ​can​ ​also​ ​get​ ​to​ ​know​ ​us.​ ​​ ​If​ ​you​ ​do​ ​not​ ​ride​ ​with us,​ ​then​ ​we​ ​will​ ​talk​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​when​ ​we​ ​get​ ​there.”

The Senator took them up on their offer. He and state Representative Lynn Smith, of Newnan, helped them tour the Capitol building and took photos with the students and teachers.

Newnan Crossing at Capitol 1

Newnan Crossing Elementary students on the steps at the state Capitol. Left to right, front​ ​row, ​Representative​ ​Lynn​ ​Smith.​ ​Student Taj​ ​Biswas,​ ​Senator​ ​Matt​ ​Brass,​ ​Ashley Vasconcelles, second​ ​Row, Ellis​ ​Parker,​ ​Johnathan​ ​Reid,​ ​Tripp​ ​Harless,​ ​Ansley​ ​Lane, third​ ​row:, ​Macey​ ​Gokey,​ ​​ ​Gianna​ ​Jimenez,​ ​Madison​ ​Raye

Newnan Crossing at Capitol 2

160 students from Newnan Crossing Elementary School visit the state Capitol on December 7.

Newnan Crossing at Capitol 3

Loading the school bus at Newnan Crossing are, left to right, front row, Taj​ ​Biswas,​ ​Zair​ ​Zaman,​ ​Cidney​ ​Zamora,​ ​Christina​ ​Rigby,​ ​Bao​ ​Tran, Johnathan​ ​Reid,​ ​Moises​ ​Feliz,​ ​Andrio​ ​Perez-Simpson,​ ​Joseph​ ​Rossi,​ ​Noah​ ​Henry,​ ​Laura Mickle,​ ​Roselyn​ ​Prout, back row ​Tripp​ ​Harlow,​ ​Mia​ ​Guerra,​ ​Kasey​ ​Davis,​ ​Kennady​ ​Duncan,​ ​Carter​ ​Sookhoo, Josie​ ​McGarity,​ ​Azaria​ ​Newton,​ ​Jaid-Lee​ ​Morrison,​ ​Elijah​ ​Jones,​ ​Zachary​ ​Grooms,​ 3rd​ ​grade ​teacher Ashley Vasconcelles​ Principal Terri​ ​Lassetter​ and Senator​ ​Matt Brass.