Fairfield students will go to Sacramento

By From page A3 | January 04, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A trip students will make Monday to Sacramento follows the petition for a post-Halloween holiday that helped get state Assemblyman Jim Frazier to the eighth-grade class at Green Valley Middle School and his invitation for students to visit the state Capitol.

They’ll tour the Capitol from 10 to 11 a.m. and meet with Frazier at 1 p.m., the assemblyman’s office said.

He spoke to students Dec. 10, 2013, at the school and invited them to tour the state Capitol and sit in the Assembly gallery to observe lawmakers in session.

Monica Brown, who teaches the U.S. history class, said then, “We’re making that happen.”

She appeared before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees and the Fairfield City Council to talk about the trip and ask for contributions to help cover the cost.

Her instruction about rights won during the Revolutionary War – including petitioning the government – had led to a petition presented to trustees Oct. 10 for a holiday after Halloween. The school calendar was already set and the holiday didn’t happen, but the trip to Sacramento will. Brown said Frazier, D-Oakley, asked to visit after learning about the holiday petition.

Eighth-grader Samantha Burzynski wrote in the petition to request a holiday that some students are sleepy after Halloween and some are on a sugar high.

Frazier told students Dec. 10 in Brown’s class that they’re making their voices heard.

“Right on,” Frazier said. “Don’t hold back.”

“The only way people can hear you is if you tell them,” the state assemblyman said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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