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Watching history

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Students in Leah Schuch's fourth-grade class at Meridian Elementary crowd around the computer to watch updates on the Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Picture are (Front left) Cassie Ronaldson, Dakota Pierce, Rachel Mboga, (back left) Gwendylan Reynolds, Jaycee McGinty and Savannah Rogers. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
* Area students view inauguration over the net

The students of the Clay Community School Corporation watched history unfold as Barack Obama took the oath of office and became the first African-American President of the United States.

"These 5-and 6-year olds amaze me each day, but they really did today," Jackson Township Elementary Kindergarten teacher Rae Anne Howald said. "As we watched (Aretha Franklin) sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee," some of the kindergarteners put their hands over their hearts."

Howald was proud of the students and their love of country.

"As Barack Obama was introduced, (the students) applauded," she said. "They are displaying patriotism at such a young age. It was really neat to watch."

Many teachers tried to tie in the historical moment with different lessons to help students understand the significance of the event.

"To prepare the students for the inauguration, they read through the President's Oath and discussed what the oath actually means. Then in groups, the students stood up and recited the oath in front of the class. During the inauguration, the students watched as Barack Obama gave his oath to the country," Forest Park Elementary fifth-grade teacher Natalie Wolfe said. "As they witnessed this day of history, they were excited because they knew exactly what President Obama was going to say and understood that the oath was more than just some words being said."

Even high school students were able to apply the events of the day to their area of course study.

"In our ICE (Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education) program, the assignment was to watch the inauguration, and to write down every job you can see or think of that deals with the inauguration," Northview High School ICE Coordinator Penny Groover said.

ICE is a careers class for high school seniors. Students intern with local business and are paid through the business.

The internship allows students the chance to experience a career path while reinforcing development of academic and technical skills.

"Wednesday's class lesson will build on Tuesday's job list, as the class will discuss each job and its functions and the importance it played in the inauguration," Grover said.

Students in all of the schools were given access in some way. Some students watched on televisions others on computer screens. Even though the oath taken by the President and his speech were during lunchtime, students still watched.

"The boys and girls had limited knowledge about the inauguration most likely due to their age. However, we set up our two classroom computers on msnbc.com so those wishing to do so could watch," Clay City Elementary School third-grade teacher Janine Mullinix said. "Unfortunately, part of it took place during the students' lunch. I did find it interesting that some of the boys and girls continued to watch during their recess."

Students remarked on the event, especially in relationship to the massive crowds.

"One of my students, Dawson Ames, made the remark that although he had heard some about the inauguration, he had no idea that many people would be there," Mullnix said. "He especially commented about the massive amount of security he noticed."


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I can't quite understand why people are so quick to quick to say Obama is "the first African American President". As I recall he is only half Black - and half white. He had a black father (who deserted him) and a white mother and was raised by his white grandparents. Maybe he is our first "Halfrican" president.

-- Posted by Ventuno on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 5:42 PM

I am so sick of everyone doing that as well. Why must people in todays society segrate like that? Does anyone know about Obama going through a stage early on in his life when he himself did not know whether he was black or white? Does it even matter? Do people actually think that just because he has African-American roots that he will be a better president? Everyone has placed him atop this "golden pedestal" and expect him to be some "great miracle worker". Well, I predict that before his 4 year term is up, that Obama will not meet the expectations of his beloved idolizers.

-- Posted by liarsalwaysgetcaught on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 6:45 PM

Halfrican President! BWAHAHAHA! Thats a good one. I'm sick of it as well. What I'm really tired of is the worship aspect. But, regardless, Blacks say they want a color blind society, yet, I can accurately say that 97% of "THEM" voted for him. Seems they aren't colorblind themselves, are they? Don't expect others to be better than yourself. "Pull the beam from your own eye and then you will be able to see clearly to help your brother remove the speck from his..." Also, don't give me this crap about African-American. He's just as American as I am. If he's "African American" then I'm "Scottish-German-Cherokee-Sue American". The sooner "THEY" stop referring to themselves as "African American" the sooner they'll be more included in society. Its "THEM" that separate themselves. How dare they accuse us white people of separatism. Maybe a lot of our ancestors were bigoted morons and maybe some are today, but, Blacks are Americans and they've contributed a lot to our way of life. Give them credit where credit is due and stop allowing them to segregate themselves with the term African American!

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 1:45 PM

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