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Palouse Falls New State Waterfall Thanks to Student Bill

Dozens of elementary school students in the Washtucna School District had the chance to see their civics lessons become a law Tuesday. Dozens of elementary school students in the Washtucna School District had the chance to see their civics lessons become a law Tuesday.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, WA -  Dozens of elementary school students in the Washtucna School District had the chance to see their civics lessons become a law Tuesday.

They were at Palouse Falls to witness Governor Jay Inslee sign their bill into law and make the falls the official waterfall of Washington.

"It was a good learning experience because I'll tell me kids my grandchildren.," said Timothy Harder, 6th grader, adding he will remember this day forever. 

"I think it deserves the title of official state waterfall," he added. 

His teacher Janet Camp agrees. 

"It's emotional it is, we wanted the kids to have something to hang on to that was real and that's what we're doing, this is absolutely real for them and something I hope they'll remember all their lives," she said.

This all started back in October when Camp and another teacher in the Washtucna School District decided to take their civics lesson to the next level.
   
The kids started drafting a bill, doing all their own research and even got a visit from Representative Joe Schmick in the Fall, who helped answer all their questions. He decided to sponsor the bill.
     
All that work lead up to Tuesday's event.
     
Governor Inslee signed the bill right in front of the students and hundreds of parents and community members.
     
He said it is a proud day for Eastern Washington.

"This shows the power of eloquence, the power of children and the power of water that created these falls 10,000 years ago, what a great day for the state of Washington," said the Governor. 

Plus, making Palouse Falls the official waterfall of Washington also means more tourism in the area, explained Don Hoch, Director of Washington State Parks. 

"This is a great boom for Southeast Washington, it'll bring tourism, it'll bring in all kinds of revenue for the towns, it'll help the park system tremendously," he said. 
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