We all know the state flower, the bluebonnet, and the state bird, the mockingbird, but you probably did not know that Texas has a state amphibian (not to be confused with the state reptile, the Texas Horned Frog). It didn't, until just recently, thanks to some local elementary students.

"It's nice to put Danbury on the map, we're not too well known here," said Ace Filipp, the district librarian for Danbury ISD.

Not only has it put Danbury on the map, its also put it in the Texas history books. And it is all because of the Texas Toad. An amphibian found across a large portion of the state. Earlier this year, District 25 State Representative Dennis Bonnen, went before the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee of Texas, for the second time on this issue. Second, because in 2007, Bonnen on behalf of Danbury students, recommended the Blind Salamander. Governor Rick Perry vetoed it, due to environmental issues.

"We went back through the process and unanimously the house and senate, and this time Governor Perry was in agreement with Danbury Elementary on the Texas Toad. That's how we succeeded," said State Representative Bonnen.

Danbury fifth graders, with the help of their librarian Ace Filipp, began the whole process a few years ago.

"It was a research project. It initially started off as a research project where we could incorporate a library doing research using the data bases and books from the library," said Filipp.

It was that research that led the students to Representative Bonnen.

"They contacted my office and said that we have found that we don't have a State Amphibian. We think we should and we're to going to solve that problem for Texas," added Bonnen.

From there, the students studied different amphibians, held campaigns for each one, and eventually decided upon the Texas Toad. In the end, it turned out to be not only a science lesson, but a lesson in government too.

"Going through the process, you have to go through the senate just to get it into the government. Governor Rick Perry can tell you no, so it can't be passed through," said Danbury fifth grader Cameron Collette.

"It makes me feel like we are going to be put in the history books. So when the kids learn about the Texas Toad, we can remember we were the ones that made it our State Amphibian," added fifth grader Zack Rusnak.

Only seventeen other states have official State Amphibians, most of which consist of frogs and salamanders.