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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
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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. 

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