BATON ROUGE – Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) presented a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol Building to Riveroaks Elementary School. Cassidy thanked students for their love of country and spoke about what it means to be a good citizen.
“Wonderful privilege to speak to the students, teachers and staff at Riveroaks Elementary,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Gave them a flag that had flown over the United States Capitol, and spoke about how great our country is and how they are the future leaders of our country. It was a privilege.”
Before Cassidy presented Riveroaks Elementary the flag, students from their fourth grade classes sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” They were joined by Erica Aguillard, the principal for the school.
“We were ecstatic about the Honorable Senator Cassidy visiting our campus to demonstrate government in action for our fourth-grade students,” said Aguillard. “They are learning about the role and structure of government in our society. We are grateful for Senator Cassidy’s generosity. His presence provides a hands-on learning experience that enhances their understanding of politics and citizenship.”
Later, Cassidy joined the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge to discuss the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 69-30 in August, and 228 to 206 in the House. When signed by the President, Louisiana will receive nearly $6 billion over the next five years for roads and bridges. Billions more will be available for resiliency, flood mitigation projects and grid improvements. Additionally, funds will be made available for carbon sequestration and clean hydrogen hubs, which will make industry in Louisiana more competitive.
“The best thing about the Rotary Club was that there was four tables of High school students at the front of the room—future leaders of our state and our community,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Had a great discussion about the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and what it means for Louisiana now, but what it also means for the future of Louisiana that these high school students will lead.”
Cassidy was welcomed by Mawe Takyi, President of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club.
“The Rotary Club of Baton Rouge welcomed U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy to the speak to the Club on Wednesday, November 9th, 2021,” said Takyi. “The title of his presentation to the Club was: ‘Washington Update on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.’ This was Senator Cassidy’s third time speaking to our Club and we appreciated hearing about his updates and insights on the important topics going in our nation.”
Takyi added, “with over 460 members, the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge is the 7th largest Rotary Club in the world and 6th largest club in North America. Our Club members include leaders in our community from all walks of life including business, law, healthcare, and non-profits. We have a commitment to ‘Service Above Self’ with our Club Foundation donating over $100,000 to local non-profits during the year. Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit rotary.org.”