Outman visits MacNaughton Elementary, congratulates Patriot Pen contestant

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Rick Outman visited MacNaughton Elementary in Howard City and read to students as part of a make-up March is Reading Month celebration that was cancelled due to snow last month.

“I always look forward to reading to students and watching the excitement on their faces as the story unfolds,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes. “This visit was very special to me as it gave me the opportunity to read to students in the classroom my sister Shelly, who left us last fall, used to teach in. I very much appreciate the MacNaughton community for allowing me to read to students and allowing me to have this personal moment. It meant the world to me.”

While visiting the school, Outman also had the opportunity to congratulate Patriot Pen Essay contestant Jesse White on his submission through the VFW Hough-Pontius Post 3701 in Lakeview.

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot Pen contest. White submitted his essay through the Lakeview post and was awarded scholarship money for his submission.

“Jesse did a great job with his essay and all of us here in mid-Michigan are proud of his work,” Outman said. “I want to join Post Commander Stacey Roberts in thanking him for his patriotism and also thank his parents for raising such a fine young man.”

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Photo Caption One: State Sen Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, stands with VFW Hough-Pontius Post 3701 Post Commander Stacey Roberts and Patriot Pen contestant Jesse White after the two presented White with a special legislative tribute written by Outman’s office.

Photo Caption Two: State Sen Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, reads to students at MacNaughton Elementary school in Howard City.