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Byron-Bergen 4th Graders’ Efforts to Make Yogurt the State Snack Celebrated

New York has several State symbols: the sugar maple is the state tree and the state gem is a garnet. What it doesn’t have, though, is a state snack and the 4th graders at Byron-
Bergen Elementary School are doing something about it.

In a fun school assembly Thursday, the students marked their accomplishment of getting a bill to Albany.

With pop hits like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” and Lorde’s “Royals” re-imagined to proclaim the benefits of yogurt, along with funny skits, the auditorium was filled with B-B 4th graders who’re amped up and extremely knowledgeable about yogurt.

“It’s very healthy for you and it has lots of good vitamins and Calcium,” Sadie said.
“We’ve learned that we’ve been producing the most yogurt in New York State, especially in this area,” Grace said.

Learning about its impact on their bodies, the economy and the government, it’s been an interactive and engaging learning experience.

Superintendent Casey Kosiorek says he’s proud of the kids and their teachers for taking what they learn and putting it into action.

“It really lines up with everything Genesee County’s about with dairy farming and additions to
our yogurt companies as well,” he said. “It really aligns well. It’ll be memorable for the students, especially after it becomes a law.”

“Absolutely, this is interdisciplinary,” Kosiorek said. “They’ve had to work on their writing, they’ve had to utilize their math, they’ve had to learn about social studies, they’ve had to learn about government. As you can see, they were singing and writing songs, producing films – all the skills that we look for as our young people move up to the Junior-Senior High School and then college and careers."

State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer says it’s government in action.

“They’re living it by writing us letters, by doing these skits today,” Ranzenhofer said. “We’re going to make this become a law.”

The bill to make yogurt the official state snack has been introduced in the Senate and once it passes both houses, it will find itself on the governor’s desk -- all because of the Byron-Bergen 4th graders.

Lawmakers Look into NYS Auto Insurance Rates
 
Lawmakers are looking into the state’s high auto insurance rates.
New York has the fourth-highest average in the U.S. followed only by New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Louisiana.
 
Industry representatives told Albany lawmakers that they use factors such as a motorist’s education and occupation to gauge their risk.
 
Lawmakers say they want fair, consistent premiums, and for insurance companies to be honest about what factors they use in setting rates.
 
No legislation has been introduced yet, but Buffalo Senator Timothy Kennedy told the Associated Press that he may in order to prohibit the practice.
 
Collins to talk Clean Water Act in Le Roy Press Conference
 
Congressman Chris Collins will hold a press conference on Tuesday at Stein Farms in Le Roy to discuss his concerns with the proposed rule to expand federal control under the Clean Water Act and the impact that it would have on local farms.
 
Also attending will be New York Farm Bureau President and Elba resident Dean Norton, along with Genesee County Legislator and Stein Farms Owner, Rochelle Stein.
 
The press conference will last from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15th at Stein Farms in Le Roy.
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