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The Year of the Blueberry | 2023

Updated: Apr 6

As much as I appreciate the opportunity to fight for appropriations for Madison County, it is not what drives me to love this job. I love this job because I get to work hard to help make dreams become a reality. Which is exactly what happened this session when Mrs. Parenteau's 4th Grade Civics Class of Mannsdale Elementary watched their dream manifest into reality with the passing of the “Project Blueberry Bill” - making history when the blueberry became Mississippi’s state fruit.

Little did I know just how much attention would be upon this little bill. If you google “blueberry Mississippi state fruit” you will get all sorts of hits starting with WLBT’s initial story by Courtney Ann Jackson. Thanks to Courtney Ann, Fox News, CNN, Robin Roberts on Good Morning America were all talking about the amazing job these 4th graders did in lobbying for their bill.