Many students give two thumbs up to speech
POSTED: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 6:23pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:45am
LONGVIEW-Thousands of students watched the speech live, which others did not. That's because some of the school didn't have streaming capabilities. But one school district which did present the President's speech live was Longview ISD.
The message was short and to the point. While acknowledging that school and life can be difficult at times, the President offered encouraging words to students facing daily challenges.
KETK's Lindsay Landry watched the speech with Longview High School juniors in Mrs. Crain's AP English class. Many of them say they are now more inspired and motivated to do well in school.
Though some parents' nerves were put at ease after the White House decided to release the text Monday, there were 20 or so students at Longview High School whose parents still refused to let them watch the speech.
"I think that the things that he said are the things that we talk about everyday with our students to help build their self-esteem," Longview High School Principal, James Brewer, said.
Longview ISD officials tells us with more than 8,000 students in the district, they had less than 70 kids "opt out" of the speech.