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With her daughter's teacher, Ms. MacFarlane, there was a field trip to Drumlin Farm and a subsequent visit back to visit Ms. G. At that time, Michaels also reached out to Wellesley's State Rep - resentative Alice Peisch. "Peisch loved the idea. She thought it was a great educational tool and a charm- ing project. And so we began to have rallies in Wellesley for Ms. G. The Ms. G head- quarters was built." In January 2013, the students, by now in the first grade, had the opportunity to tes- tify in front of a house committee on behalf of Ms. G. "Ms. Rush, Nalina's first grade teacher, was instrumental in the students' testi- monies. She helped the kids plan out and write what they wanted to say. The irony of it all is that when Ms. Rush was in the second grade, the third grade class in her school created legislation making the baked navy bean the Official State Bean. She always wanted to have been part of that process and it feels like she got her chance through her students." The children testified in front of the House Committee at the Wellesley Free Library, as the representatives were kindly accommo- dating enough to come out and make it easier for the children. "The whole legislative process was a real education for me and the other parents — let alone the students," shares Michaels. The bill had to go through the House and the Senate and there were many stops in between. Finally, during the summer of 2014, the students were invited to the State House to hear the senate proceedings on the Ms. G bill. The visit concluded with a passing of the bill and the students getting "high fives" from the senators. Michaels went on to capture the whole story of Ms. G's journey in a book that she self-published, called, Ms. G's Shadowy Road to Fame. In this beautifully illustrated children's book, the story is laid out with pictures of the students, teachers, and even Representative Peisch. It is not surprising that Michaels is drawn to Groundhog Day, because it is a celebration of community. Her work in creating this journey for Ms. G is, in itself, a celebration of community. 162 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 books "creating this journey for Ms. G is, in itself, a celebration of community" T A N I T S A K A K I N I Mish Michaels and Ms. G

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