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Crayfish Crawl to State Capitol

February 27, 2006
By: Kathryn Buschman
State Capital Bureau

If a fifth grade class gets their way, the crayfish will become the state's official inverterbrate.

Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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The idea came when a class asked a southwest legislator how students could get more involved in politics. Representative Dennis Wood suggested the class come up with an animal to become the state's official animal.

After months of research the students decided to propose the crayfish as the official inverbrate of Missouri.

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Contents: "It's a real learning thing for the kids and I think very honestly it's a very good idea the crayfish is a or the crawldad is wonderful."

Wood says crayfish are found in every county, stream and lake in Missouri and will propose legislation to make it the official inverebrate.

From the state capitol, I am Kathryn Buschman

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A fifth grade class from Reeds Springs Intermediate School in southwest Missouri hope that their choice of the crayfish will become the state's official inverbrate.

Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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The students in the class asked their representative how they could get involved in the legislative process. Representative Dennis Wood told them to come up with an animal that could become the states official animal. The students chose the crawlfish to become the states official invertebrate.

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Contents: "They've gotten together and they've voted and they've studied, they've gone into research you know gotten into the computers and found out all about invertebrates and that kind of thing and as a result of that they have come up with the idea that crayfish are in every county in the state of Missouri.

Woods is sponsoring the legislation and in March the students will come to the capitol to testify infront of a committee.

From the state capitol, I am Kathryn Buschman.

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The crawlfish will become Missouri's offical invertebrate if a fifth grade class from southwest Missouri has their way.

Kathryn Buschman has more Jefferson City.

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The idea came when a class asked its district representative how they could become more invovled in the legislative process. Representative Dennis Wood suggested the class come up with an official state animal or plant. After much research the students chose the crayfish to become the state's official invertebrate.

Woods is sponosring the legislation and says some law makers think the law is unenecessary.

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Contents: "You know some people say its frivelous you know that we shouldn't you know spend our time doing this but I'll tell you I take pride in doing this simply becasue it's education, it's working with our schools and I'm hoping this will be an educational tool for all the kids in the state of Missouri.

Woods says crayfish are found in every county in the state.

From Jefferson City, I am Kathryn Buschman.