Thursday, February 5, 2009

Hempstead school renamed to Barack Obama Elementary

The first school in the nation to be named after Obama.

Shiny gold letters now spell out the new name of a Hempstead school where students campaigned to change it to Barack Obama Elementary.

Students, teachers, parents, politicians and community leaders stood in the cold yesterday as they watched the unveiling of the new sign above the entrance of what was formerly Ludlum Elementary School.

Hours of speeches and performances preceded the moment, including a serenade by a former student and a passionate oration about the power of education by the fifth-grade debate team.

That's the team of students who, during Obama's bid for the White House, put together a mock presidential debate that inspired their classmates to request a name change.

The district's board unanimously approved the change soon after the election, making it the first school in the nation to bear Obama's name.


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