After days of controversy president Obama addresses school kids across the nation. While many students watched from their desks others were pulled from their classrooms by parents.
Tuesday the President reached out to students nationwide, challenging them to work hard and stay in school.
Tuesday’s speech marked a week of controversy over if the president should be allowed to talk directly to school age kids. Cristal Loehr, principal of Fruita 8/9 School says, of showing the Presidents address, "We were doing it to support what we we're already teaching our kids."
Loehr says airing the presidents speech was not about being political it was about sending a message. "My philosophy is if his speech today helped one kid and made a difference in one kid's life it would be worth all the stuff we've gone through," says, Loehr.
Students at Fruita 8/9 weren't required to watch the speech, in fact more than 20 student's parents chose to pull their kids out of the presentation.
"Most kids say it's not a good thing cause he'll talk about politics." Fruita monument senior Amber Estes says before the speech many students expected something political. "Actually he didn't he talked about mostly school," says, Estes.
The President even talked about his own failures and how others have pushed through adversity to succeed. Something Estes says hit home with many students. "I thought it was really inspiring," says Estes of the Presidents speech to students.