Through thousands of phone calls and e-mails, disappointments and some grinding of teeth, the kids never gave up. If anything, they became more determined.
“I know one thing: We’ve created a couple of future lobbyists, ” said Pinson at the time. “When we took the class to see the Legislature in action, some of the kids went around introducing themselves and shaking hands and asking the members of the Legislature to vote for the bill.”
The kids argued that they had chosen their nominee for a reason: “The green tree frog has porous skin and can’t live in a heavily polluted environment,” one student told the AJC. “We hoped this would draw people’s attention to pollution.”
The class even named the green tree frog Bill. (Get it? Green Tree Frog Bill).
And finally on May 9, 2005, the green tree frog finally had a place among Georgia’s state symbols. By then the kids were in the sixth grade and learned a lot more than the teachers thought they would about how state government works.