Students' presidential letters published

May 7, 2009 3:05:57 PM PDT
Thousands of students around the nation have addressed letters to President Barack Obama, but only a select few of them can say that those letters will be published in a new book.The book is called "Dear Mr. President", and it features 150 letters and artwork from students around the country.

Out of 5,000 entries received, two of the winners are fourth graders at Newtown Elementary.

"It's a very big honor to get your work into something going to the President," contest winner Nathan Burns said.

"It feels really amazing that somebody so important is going to read something you worked hard on and spent a lot of time on," contest winner Avery Lentini said.

Cheryl Black is the teacher that found out about contest.

She knew her students were up to the challenge.

"I have a very unique group of students this year. They're excellent writers. We've been working all year on compassion and community outreach, so I wanted to give them a chance to try," Black said.

Avery wrote a letter giving Barack Obama her vote of confidence. She hopes her letter will instill faith in the President.

"I'm happy to inspire and reassure them that he is going to be a very good president," Avery said.

Nathan's winning submission is a drawing, featuring an American flag and a multiethnic group of people, all holding hands.

"It's like a symbol that we're all united in the United States," Nathan said.

A hard copy of the book will be given to President Obama in honor of his inauguration.

Read the book for FREE at this link.

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