The Ladybug Law: Pacheco teaches Sippican students about state legislature

By Tanner Harding | May 12, 2017
Photo by: Tanner Harding Sen. Marc Pacheco reads to fifth graders at Sippican School.

Marion — How does an idea become a bill? How does a bill become a law?

Massachusetts Sen. Marc Pacheco had the answers when he visited fifth-grade students at Sippican School on Friday to read them a story about lawmaking.

Pacheco read “The Ladybug Story,” which tells the true tale of how the ladybug became the state bug of Massachusetts. In the late ‘70s, a second grade class in Franklin decided that the commonwealth needed an official bug, and that it should be a ladybug.

The class wrote to legislators, testified at a public hearing at the state house and eventually succeeded in passing a bill declaring the ladybug the official state bug.

Pacheco used this story as a way to teach the students about both the lawmaking process and their ability to make a difference.

“Everyone has the right of free petition,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are.”

Pacheco also answered questions from students about his experiences as a senator.

Asked one student, “Do you like your job?”

“Do I like my job? I love my job,” Pacheco said, adding that visiting schools was one of the things he likes most. “I learn a lot from you guys. I learn about my communities. You’re representatives of Marion, and you’re all little ambassadors for your school.”

Pacheco also shared advice with the students based on his experiences in politics.

“I ask you all to try to do what you think you can’t,” he said. “If you don’t try, you’ll never know.”

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