We've all had those days when we felt overworked, burned out, and in dire need of a BREAK! And by all of us, I mean even first graders like Sophie Mullins, who goes to Gauley River Elementary in Craigsville, West Virginia and recently wrote to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to lament her hefty workload!
According to her mother, Sarah Mullins, the inspiration came from an "inside joke" at home: "She would be like ‘Daddy, its so hard!' And he was like, “You need to write your congressman.'” But Sophie took her father's advice seriously -- and penned the following letter to Sen. Manchin ...
All we do is work, work, work. I need a break. Can you please help?
Aww, definitely sounds familiar. It seems like homework loads have gotten heftier over the years for younger kids, so Sophie's a legit, common complaint. And perhaps that's one reason why the senator make a point to respond, phoning Sophie to give the 6-year-old some solid advice.
Manchin told her:
You’re working all the time, aren’t you? So what I’m doing is, see, I’m giving you a break right now. I wanted you to take a little bit of time off since you work so hard. ... If you work hard, it’s going to pay off!
Manchin continued, urging her to “keep working hard on your studies, so you get smarter so you can help us.” Well, he makes a good point! Sounds like solid, perfect advice considering the future constituent's complaint. After all, knowledge is power ... and it doesn't hurt to empowering a first grader by emphasizing that her studies are going to have a positive, valuable upshot. Though, glad he made it clear that a little bit of time off here and there is important, too!
Here's footage of Sen. calling Sophie ...
And here's more from news station WSAZ, in which her mom discusses the impact the phone call made on her daughter:
What do you think about how the senator handled Sofie's letter? How do you feel about your child's workload?
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