Sunday, January 30, 2000

Fourth-graders campaign to make red Ohio's official color

The Associated Press

        LYNDHURST, Ohio — A fourth-grade class wants to put Ohio in the red.

        The class from Ridgebury Elementary School in this Cleveland suburb has spent several months trying to persuade State Sen. Eric Fingerhut, D-Shaker Heights, to take up the cause of making red the state's color.

        The senator was apparently listening, because on Wednesday he and co-sponsor Mark Mallory, D-Cincinnati, introduced a bill to do just that.

        Mr. Fingerhut then visited the class to tell the kids the good news.

        “Red is my favorite color,” said Travius Holloway, a 10-year-old in Phyllis Syracuse's fourth-grade class. “I want the bill passed in two weeks.”

        He'll be disappointed. Mr. Fingerhut told the class that sometimes a bill takes years to become law.

        The push for red as a state color started last year when Ms. Syracuse began incorporating Ohio history in her lessons to prepare for the fourth- grade proficiency test.

        When the students learned Ohio didn't have a state color, they wanted to get one. Red was a natural choice for several reasons, such as being the color of Superman's cape.

        In 1998, State Sen. Richard Schafrath, R-Mansfield, introduced a bill to adopt scarlet as the official state color. Mr. Schafrath is a former Ohio State University and Cleveland Browns football player.


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