Barack Obama Elementary School

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;

http://wcbstv.com/local/barack.obama.ele mentary.2.870347.html

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.

Tags: Barack Obama, Education, Long Island, New York, schools, youth (all tags)

Comments

9 Comments

The first of many

I expect that there's going to be a lot of schools and libraries at home and abroad that follow suit.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-11 07:27AM | 0 recs
No Disrespect Intended.

Isn't this jumping the gun a bit?  There were all kinds of schools, roads, bridges, etc. named after dubya following 9/11.  What had he done at that point other than win an election and be in the White House during a national emergency?

All Obama has done at this point is win an election.  Naming an elementary school after him at this point has an objective value less than that of naming one after George W 7 years ago.

I don't mean to disrespect you or your viewpoint.  Having a president that children look up to is not at all unusual.

The best predictor of who will win a Presidential election is actually the kids ballot from Scholastic News.  So far, it's been 100% accurate.  I think Obama won it this year with the same percentage Bush won it in 2004--91% of the vote.

Again, I mean no disparagement.  I just view the situation differently.

by SuperCameron 2008-12-11 08:24AM | 0 recs
Well said

I guess what I'm trying to say is to many people, Obama is more than just some dude who got elected President.

Obama made history as an important American before he even ran for national office.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-11 08:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Maybe

I knew many people who were just as inspired, or more, by George W.

If it makes them feel good, good for them.  We can all use good feelings.  Dubya also made many people feel good.  It's not unusual.

I hate to be a spoilsport here.  Maybe I just watched too many Stalin-Mao-Hitler rallies on PBS as a kid to get into the whole political inspiration thing.  Truth be told, even high school rallies made me uncomfortable.  That many people in one place thinking the same thing gives me the willies.

Everyone's entitled to their subjective judgments.  Don't let mine rain on your picnic.

by SuperCameron 2008-12-11 09:21AM | 0 recs
Mmmm... you know it's a good week when...

It really hasn't been a worthwhile week on the internet until someone's drawn even an oblique comparison between Obama and Hitler.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-11 09:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Mmmm... you know it's a good week when...

Thanks for the dismissal.  The internet is never complete without them.

by SuperCameron 2008-12-11 09:55AM | 0 recs
Hang on there

You told us not to let you rain on our parade. I wasn't. Now I'm confused.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-11 10:02AM | 0 recs
Re: No Disrespect Intended.

I don't think it is.

Barack Obama is the first person of his skin color and ethnic background to win election to the Presidency.  George W. Bush wasn't even the first person from his own immediate family to be President.  The significance of Obama's election as the first African-American President is enough in and of itself to make this justifiable - regardless of his tenure in office.

I don't think much of Gerald Ford - hell, he wasn't even elected President - but I still don't have a problem with their naming the Grand Rapids Airport after him.

by mistersite 2008-12-11 03:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Barack Obama Elementary School

I just hope this motivates the children to behave in the area and avoid gangbanging. I used to live on Long Island, and that area of LI is pretty rough and has a lot of gangs and gang activities. I hope they know to make the namesake proud and behave, because if they continue to gangbang, they disgrace themselves, and their President.

by Lakrosse 2008-12-11 06:16PM | 0 recs

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