Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School is proud to announce that the bill initiated by our students to make gold North Carolina's state mineral has been signed by Governor Perdue, making this bill a law!
During the 2009-2010 school year, the fourth grade students in Mrs. Dalimonte's class collaborated in a letter of request to Senator Harry Brown to name gold as the state mineral after reading an initial letter created by their classmate, Satchel Waters, and getting a lesson from Senator Brown on how a bill becomes law. Senator Brown introduced a bill on their behalf in March, 2011. The students' persistence to seeing this through led Senator Brown to introduce a bill on their behalf in March, 2011. The bill, SB 129, was approved and passed by the Senate on May 23, 2011. The bill then moved to the House of Representatives and was passed on June 14, 2011. The bill was presented to Governor Beverly Perdue on June 16th, and signed into law on June 24th. These students are true models of our school motto, "Making a World of Difference."
From Senator Harry Brown's March 3rd newsletter:
"I introduced Senate Bill 129 after Mrs. Cathy Dalimonte's class of 4th graders at Clyde Erwin Elementary School requested last year that gold be recognized as the State Mineral of North Carolina. Many people aren't aware that North Carolina was one of the first states where gold was discovered, specifically in Mint Hill, a town near Charlotte."