A bill was introduced Tuesday by Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Detroit, that was inspired by letters from a social studies class at Defer Elementary School.
The bill to establish Mackinac Island fudge as Michigan’s state sweet was inspired by letters sent by students in Kari Mannino’s social studies class with suggestions for new state symbols.
“Each suggestion was thoroughly researched and the ideas were impressively creative,” Johnson said in a release. “I believe this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to our young citizens that their government is responsive to their contributions and to recognize a Michigan-based product enjoyed by many Michiganders with a sweet-tooth.”
The bill introduced into the Michigan Senate had bipartisan cosponsors.
“It is my hope I’ll be able to report back to Mrs. Mannino’s class very shortly that they have truly had an impact on the state of Michigan,” added Johnson in the release.