Reps. Jon Hardister and Ashton Clemmons Pass Moravian Cookie Legislation
Raleigh, NC – Today Reps. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) and Ashton Clemmons (D-Guilford) passed HB 394 – Official State Cookie – which would designate the Moravian Cookie as the “Official State Cookie”
The idea for the legislation came from 4th grade students at Brooks Global Studies Magnet School in Guilford County. The students sent letters to Guilford County legislators advocating for the idea.
The students contended that the Moravians have had a tangible social and economical impact on North Carolina, having settled in modern-day Winston-Salem in 1753. The students further contended that the Moravian Cookie is a major economic factor for our state, as the cookies are baked and packaged locally and distributed worldwide.
“The Moravians have had a long-lasting social, cultural and economic impact on our state,” Hardister said. “Moravian Cookies have become a cultural icon, and the production of these cookies has had a positive economic impact on our economy. I would like to thank the students at Brooks Global Studies for coming up with this excellent idea.”
“I am so proud to see the ideas of our Brooks Global Studies students, inspired by their teacher Mr. John Phillips, make it all the way to a successful bill passage on the floor of the NC House,” Clemmons said. “This is exactly what we want our young leaders to see; learn as much as you can and make an impact where you can. I thank Rep. Hardister for moving it forward.”
The bill passed the House on a unanimous vote of 115-0.