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Ridley me this: what Texas law was authored by schoolchildren?

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The Texas Legislature has passed quite a few bills over the past couple weeks. But only one of them was written by fourth graders.

Students at Galveston's Oppe Elementary wanted to see some official Texas recognition for the rarest sea turtle of them all.

So they campaigned on behalf of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, which nests on Galveston Island and in several other places along the Texas coast.

"The kids decided that this would be a great cause, since they're an endangered species," said Oppe teacher Katie Blaser. "So they decided to write a bill to have them (designated) the official sea turtle of Texas, since they're all over our Texas coastline."

Not content merely to author the legislation (with some help from the area's elected representative, St. Rep. Craig Eiland), some of the fourth graders also traveled to the state capitol to twist a few arms.

And the bill passed, giving these kids a great education in both sea turtles and state government.

Currently there are 94 Kemp's Ridley nests in Texas, including three in Galveston and three on the Bolivar Peninsula.

The challenge is to protect these nesting sites until August, when the hatchlings will make their way across the sand and into the Gulf of Mexico.

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