Moved by the outpouring of 24 notes from the fourth-grade students in teacher Beth Bostic's class at Eagle School Intermediate, McGraw visited the school north of Martinsburg on Friday to present a plaque commending them for their courtesy and thoughtfulness.
Under the guidance of Bostic, student teacher Kelly Grueber, and Principal Kimberly Agee, Eagle School Intermediate's fourth-grade class wrote to McGraw last year requesting information about West Virginia and state government.
McGraw's office sent 250 packets with facts and figures for the fourth-grade class to study. When the students completed the project, they each sent a thank-you note to McGraw.
"We receive thank-you notes frequently, but we never got so many from one place at the same time," McGraw said after the presentation.
While the information that McGraw's office provided was for the students' West Virginia Heritage Day projects, Bostic said the thank-you notes to the state's chief law enforcement officer were written for English class.
Bostic's fourth-grade class, one of 10 at Eagle School, was the only class in the state to send personal thank-you notes for the materials, according to Agee.
Bostic said the recognition was unexpected, but no less exciting for her students who had front-row seats for McGraw's visit.
On another matter in an interview after the presentation, McGraw said a state Supreme Court ruling this week addressed the state's "acting governor" issue, but declined to offer an opinion on what the high court's decision would mean to a recent state Senate leadership shakeup.
"The Senate establishes its own rules and governs by its own rules and, as a general rule, is not subject to anyone else's commentary," McGraw said.
"The Supreme Court has said there is no such thing as acting governor .... Now, you'll have to take it from there."
McGraw said he has heard through the "rumor mill" that there might be another legal challenge to the changes to Senate leadership, which included the elevation of state Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson, to Senate majority Leader, and Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, to chairman of the Senate Government Organization Committee.
The state's high court ordered a special gubernatorial election because now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin resigned Nov. 15 with more than a year left in his term as governor. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin has been acting as governor under the state constitution's succession provision.
In addition to visiting Eagle School, McGraw Friday toured the Berkeley County Judicial Center and met with a number of county officials.