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Phil Roe visits Harold McCormick Elementary School

John Thompson • Apr 17, 2019 at 8:40 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Rep. Phil Roe joined the three R’s on Wednesday afternoon when he met with the students of Harold McCormick Elementary School.

Roe met with classes from kindergarten through fifth grade and discussed such topics as the liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the sacrifices made by the nation’s veterans.

The congressman began his visit by reading “The Little Red Hen” to a combined group of the school’s second-graders. “I want you to know that the single most important thing you will learn how to do is to read and understand what you read.”

Roe then met with a combined group of first-graders and kindergarten students and was impressed by the way they recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

He then met with the school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, where he answered many of their questions.

One student asked about having school resource officers in every school. Roe agreed that was important and said “we have to harden our schools.”

He answered a question about possible amendments to the Constitution by advising them to be very cautious about making any changes. He said the only amendment he would support would be to require a balanced budget.

Roe told the students that “it is a privilege to represent 750,000 people from Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District. He told them the district runs from Johnson County all the way to Sevierville and he is proud that two presidents, Andrew Jackson and and Andrew Johnson, once represented the district.

Roe was asked what he did not like about being a congressman and answered that he did not like all the travel. He said he takes about 150 airplane trips a year, “but when I feel like complaining about airplane travel, I remember that Andrew Jackson had to ride in the rain on the back of a wet horse.”

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