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First-Grader Sends Manchin Letter Asking Him For A Work Break

Reported by: Send eMail Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Nov. 20, 2013 2:50 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 11:41 PM EST

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Manchin Kid Letter
Photo Courtesy Sen. Manchin Press Office

Washington, D.C.

A lot of pressing issues on Capitol Hill face lawmakers. They also stay busy listening to constituents back home.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin took time out of his busy schedule to reach out to one of those concerned citizens: a six-year-old girl from Nicholas County.

She wrote the senator in search of help at school, because she says first grade is just too hard!

Sofie Mullins is a first grader at Gauley River Elementary in Craigsville.

For her, life was getting a bit too rough - some separation anxiety while at school and, on top of that, the increased workload that comes with being in the first grade.

She especially didn't like that nap time ended when she graduated preschool.

“She would be like ‘Daddy, its so hard!” Sarah Mullins, Sofie’s mother, said. “And he was like, “You need to write your congressman.”

So that's exactly what Sofie decided to do.

“All we do is work, work, work,” she wrote.

About two weeks ago, she sat down with her parent’s help on some of the spelling and wrote to Manchin, explaining she needed a break and asked him if he could help.

On Wednesday , the senator called Sofie at school from Washington to try and solve this pressing issue from one of his constituents.

His call, giving her a much-desired break from Ms. Moore's class and instilling an important lesson.

“If you work hard, you're going to be smarter,” Manchin said.

“He said, “I got your letter, and that I know that you work and work and work,” and said, “If you keep working, you will be able to help people,” Sofie said.

Manchin's staff posted the letter and the conversation online. It's gone viral.

Sophie's mom said one day, she'll look back on this and realize what a special experience it has been.




A young West Virginia girl's plea for a break from all the "work, work, work" earned her a phone call from one of her state's U.S. senators.

Sophie Mullins, a first grade student at Gauley River Grade School, sent U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin a letter saying the following:

Dear Sir,

My name is Sophie Mullins. I live in Craigsville, West Virginia. I am in the first grade at Gauley River Grade School. All we do is work, work, work. I need a break. Can you please help?

Thanks,
Sophie


On Wednesday, Manchin called Sophie and encouraged her "to work hard in school because receiving a good education is the best way for all young students to succeed when they grow up," according to a news release from his office.

You can view the video of Manchin calling Sophie on YouTube.



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