Overcast
44°FOvercastFull Forecast
Pro Football Weekly Updated Draft Guide

Pontiers visit Sen. Grassley during D.C. trip

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 9:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 9:49 a.m. CDT
Caption
(Contributed photo)
Sen. Chuck Grassley with Cole Pontier, an 8th grader at Clarke Middle School, and Audrey Pontier, a 6th grader at Clarke Elementary School in Washington D.C.

Sen. Chuck Grassley got a surprise visit last week from Jamie Pontier and her two children, Audrey and Cole Pontier, of Osceola. 

“After the election happened, [the children] were really interested in the public education debate and Betsy DeVos,” said Pontier. “They really wanted a chance to express their feelings about rural public educations and wanted to keep it well funded. They wanted to talk to their senator about it.”

Over a period of four days, the family walked the city, saw the sights and eventually stopped off at Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators.

“There were a lot of votes going on in the Senate, so our time was short,” said Pontier.

The children met with Grassley and, among other things, explained how influential their teachers — Mr. Mack and Mayor Kedley — have been in getting students interested in government this year. 

Comments

Reader Poll

Which presidential candidate are you voting for in the general election?
Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton
Other
Not voting