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Bozeman students instrumental in new state symbol

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Governor Bullock signs SB176 at Longfellow Elementary School Thursday Governor Bullock signs SB176 at Longfellow Elementary School Thursday
BOZEMAN -

As of Thursday morning, Montana has an official state soil thanks to 4th graders at Longfellow Elementary.

With the kids and their parents looking on, Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 176 into law, establishing "Scobie" dirt, the state soil.

The 4th graders studied Scobie soil and with the help of State Senator J.P. Pomnichowski the bill was introduced. The students even traveled to Helena to testify.

A surprise guest attended today's festivities. It turns out former governor Brian Schweitzer is a Scobie expert, having completes his college thesis on the the soil.

He explained to the kids why he did not publicly support the bill.

"Had many of the legislators known that the former governor is the world's leading authority on the Scobie soil series you may not have won this battle - so I kept my mouth shut, but I promise you, I know you screamed real loud when it passed but nobody in the world screamed louder than I did," said Schweitzer.

The event ended with the fourth grade students singing "Montana Melody."

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