Pres. Bush to visit Phila. school - Philadelphia News

January 8, 2009 4:20:37 AM PST
George W. Bush is visiting Philadelphia for the last time as President today. A local school, that's found success with his controversial "No Child Left Behind " law, will welcome him tomorrow morning. The President will spend about two hours Thursday morning at the General Philip Kearny School in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood.

It will be the seventh anniversary of the day he signed the No Child Left Behind Law.

Eighth grader Hassan Edge, whose PSSA scores have improved dramatically, will be on stage with President Bush tomorrow, as he is expected to give a final defense of the No Child Left Behind Law.

Kearny is an example of the law's success in some schools.

Mr. Bush will also present the President's Volunteer Service Award to Adam Bruckner, assistant coach for the Kixx soccer team, and mentor to students like Haasan.

School Principal, Eileene Spagnola, says workers have been sprucing up since last week, even some Obama supports got in the act.

Preparations were made for the President's tour, round table discussion and speech.

The lights were checked in the three classrooms expected to welcome him and second graders geared up for the Presidential visit with a writing lesson.

Seventh grader, Samantha Mendel will help greet the President tomorrow.

"I'm actually really nervous, so I'm not considerably sure what's going to happen," Samantha said.

Samantha will be alongside eighth grader Jacob Bonfante, who just moved to Philadelphia from Italy.

The Kearny school was bustling with activity and anticipation today.

Meantime, the No Child Left Behind law, which attempts to force schools to improve test scores each year, has grown more unpopular since it was enacted.

President-elect Obama has pledged to overhaul it.

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