Students with parental consent watch President Obama's back-to-school speech

By: Amanda Shotsky Email
By: Amanda Shotsky Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Tuesday President Obama addressed the nation's students in a back to school speech.

District 51 provided 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to sit down and watch it, but not without a permission slip.

Almost 200 students packed into the library at Appleton Elementary School to watch Obama address the nation's schools.

He urged students to stay focused, dream big and accept each other for their differences.

Obama did the same thing at the start of the 2009 school year. One of the noticeable differences this year was the lack of controversy that had ignited last year after parents pulled their kids from classes, afraid that the President would be pushing a political agenda.

This year parents were given ample warning from District 51. The School Board says while the back to school speech is important it did not want to infringe on the rights of parents.

And there were parents who did decided to opt their kids out of the President's address. Their kids were placed in a separate classroom for the duration of the speech.

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