Rep. Jason Smith stopped in Texas County last week to talk with students at Success Schools.

In addition to being asked about what it was like to be a member of Congress, one student asked Smith why he would care about visiting such a small school.

“I grew up going to a school just like this, and I want all of you to know that you are just as important as the kids who go to bigger schools,” said Smith. “I am proof that you can grow up to be whoever you want to be.”

When asked to give the students advice, Smith shared his three H’s to live by: “Be hungry for what you want, be humble and be honest.”

Smith also discussed the importance of local control of schools.

“Missouri educators are the best people to make curriculum decisions for Missouri students,” Smith said. “We don’t need the federal government stepping in at every turn.”

The stop at Success R- VII was one of many the congressman planned for his week at home in Missouri.

Smith visited a total of 15 counties before returning to Washington to continue his work fighting for a fairer, flatter tax code for Missourians, stopping regulations from government bureaucrats and reducing the overall size and scope of the federal government.

“It’s always great to be back home and spend time with folks in our area,” Smith said. “Sleeping on the floor of my office in D.C. can get old, but I’m ready to get back and keep fighting for the folks of southeast and south central Missouri as Congress works to deliver on President Trump’s legislative agenda.”

Before leaving, the third-graders gave Smith pictures they colored of the Missouri state flag.

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