Newnan Crossing Elementary students on the steps at the state Capital. 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

From Coweta County Schools Press Release

Last Thursday, 160 third graders and teachers from Newnan Crossing Elementary made their first field trip of the year to the Georgia State Capital, 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 Capital building and took photos with the students and teachers.