Barack Obama Elementary School
by nrafter530, Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 05:36:05 AM EST
This is an awesome story. Not because this school was actually named for Obama, but because of how it was done and who was behind it.
Personal Note: This school is right next to Hofstra University, my alma mater and I spent time volunteering here as a college student.
Here's the story;
What's awesome about this is this change was the brainchild of young children. I'm familiar with this school. It is a diverse school, made up mainly of Latino and African-American children with a few caucasians (usually mixed race). Many in this school are on the lower end of the middle class and, in my experience, many families of these students feel out of place in the mostly-white, affluent Long Island communities that surround Hempstead.
To see Barack Obama's election inspire these ten year-olds in this school go to the school board and ask to rename their school after him shows just what Obama's election could mean for our country's future.
These children are our future and they need to feel that they have one. I volunteered at this school as a college student at the height of the Bush years and what I witnessed among parents of these children were dispair and concern, about their children, their country, and about their future. To see this gives me hope that these kids really do see a future and that they are full of the pride we only wished we had a few years ago.
To some, this is simply a bunch of kids who went to change their school's name, but to me this is an indication of just what Barack Obama means to the nation, especially the youth. This isn't about him, it's what he sparked in many of us...namely the youth of Hempstead, New York.
Fun Fact: The final Presidential debate was held less than 1/4 mile from this school, so the President-elect likely saw the school now named for him as he drove into campus.