NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For first-grader Sophie Mullins, school can be tough.
“Work, and work and work,” Mullins told WSAZ.com Wednesday evening, adding she often has reading and writing assignments.
So her dad gave her some tried and true democratic advice.
“She'd say, 'Daddy, there's so much work to do, all we do is work,' and he said, 'Well, you need to write your congressman,' ” Sophie’s mother Sarah Mullins said.
Sophie followed her father’s advice and two weeks later received a personal phone call from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Sophie, 6, is a student at Gauley River grade school in Nicholas County.
The call came during the school day Wednesday, giving Sophie what she had been asking for all along.
“You asked for a break and see what I'm doing here, I'm giving you a break,” Manchin told Sophie Wednesday.
Sophie tells WSAZ.com Manchin encouraged her to continue to work hard.
“He said, 'I know that you work and work and work,' and then said, 'This is your break and said if you keep working you may be able to help us one day,' ” Sophie said.
And though the call would only last a few minutes, Sophie’s mother said the experience will stay with Sophie.
“For her it's important, Mullins said. “Yes, I wrote a letter and talked to people, and the senator listened to me.”