Local schools to air Obama

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 5, 2009

NATCHEZ — When Natchez students head back to class Tuesday after a long Labor Day weekend they’ll be visited by a very special guest speaker.

President Obama will make a nationally televised address to the county’s school students, and most area schools will be watching.

The President is expected to speak on the importance of setting educational goals, staying in school and why it’s important for students to take charge of their own learning.

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“That’s a message we think students need to here,” Natchez High School Principal Cleveland Moore said. “These are our future leaders and our future workforce, this is an investment that can help prepare them for that future.”

Natchez-Adams School District Superintendent Anthony Morris said while he has not directed the district’s teachers to air the address in their classrooms, he thought it would be a “good overall civics lesson.”

Even the district’s younger students will be watching Obama Tuesday.

McLaurin Elementary Principal Alice Morrison said if the President is talking to the nation’s students — her students will be watching.

“This is a message from the President to the students,” Morrison said. “We don’t see that much, and I think it’s important they hear what he has to tell them.

“I think it carries some weight.”

But no matter the weight the President’s message carries, some local educators said they’ll be showing the address just to keep their students up-to-date with current events.

“It’s important our students understand what’s happening in the world around them,” said Trinity Episcopal Day School’s Interim Head of School Jackie Ezell.

Trinity students will watch the speech in their government studies class.

Tuesday’s speech is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.