Students watch Ohio House pass state artifact bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is establishing an official state artifact after years of persistence by classes of fourth-graders at the Columbus School for Girls.

Current students from the school watched Tuesday at the Statehouse as the House unanimously approved the measure about an object called the Adena Pipe. The prehistoric effigy pipe was linked to the ancient Adena culture and was found in 1901 in a burial mound near Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee).

The Senate previously passed the bill, so it now heads to Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik). A spokesman says he’ll sign it.

Fourth-graders at the school began working on the proposal in 2009, and subsequent classes kept pushing it as they learned about the legislative process and the political system. Lawmakers praised the girls for their persistence and civic involvement.

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