ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) A group of elementary students are awaiting a response from Congressman Goodlatte. They sent letters to the lawmaker earlier this month regarding the shutdown.
"It says: "Dear Congressman Goodlatte, will you please let us go next time to the park? All of us want to go to the Shenandoah National Park," said Elkton Elementary School Principal Robert Dansey.
Dansey read excerpts from a few of the letters which were written by a few second grade students.
"The kids took the time to write them. We'll put them in an envelope and we'll mail them to Congressman Goodlatte and you know the kids did their civic duty," said Dansey.
Congressman Goodlatte is one of 18 republicans who voted no to the government shutdown deal that reopened the government.
"Getting spending under control and reducing our debt remain my highest priorities, and this bill did not meet those goals. That is why I could not vote in support of this proposal," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R), in a statement.
According to Dansey, the letters and the shutdown were a great teaching moment.
"It also taught the kids that they have a responsibility and they also have the right to speak their mind when it comes to government issues," said Dansey.
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