Local kids give advice to Obama girls

January 28, 2009 4:11:32 PM PST
Malia and Sasha Obama are just completing their first week at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington.They're beginning to learn what it's like to go to a Quaker school, and it turns out they're getting some help from students in our area.

Third, fourth and fifth graders are writing some special letters this week at the William Penn Charter School in East Falls.

They're welcoming first daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, to the Quaker community. The kids realize how scary all those changes can be.

"I think we should help Malia and Sash out if they're nervous about going to a new school," said third grader Lily Carpenter.

So, after watching the inauguration on T.V. last week, they got to work describing the nine principles of Quakerism, like integrity, simplicity and service, even telling the girls about the weekly devotional.

"Dear Sasha and Malia, my name is Myia, and I'm in third grade at the Penn Charter School," read third grader Miya Ingram.

"I heard that you are going to Sidwell Friends school, which is a Quaker school is like mine," read third grader Marker Angelakis.

Later this week one of the teachers will be visiting Sidwell Friends school in Washington and willl hand deliver the letters.

"Of course, kids understand each other better than adults would understand them, and they know much better what it's like to make a huge transition to a new place," said teacher Teodora Nedialkova.

Malia and Sasha should be reading the messages by the weekend.

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