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Patrick Henry 8th graders talk inauguration

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The foundation of American history is being laid in Danyelle Cleveland's 8th grade class. Monday's 57th Presidential Inauguration is a particularly important day for learning.

"It's history in the making. It's something we talk about during the election season and now it's six weeks later, and they get to see the relevance of our discussion from November," said Cleveland.

"(It's) very important to learn about politics when you're younger because then you have a greater understanding of what's going on," said 8th grader Josh Dannen. "So, then you can better form your opinion and where you stand on the issues."

Connection historical events is key, according to Cleveland.

"It's my hope that they'll look back on this day and think I remember when I was in class, and we were learning all about Martin Luther King," she said. "Remember how President Obama was inaugurated then?"

"It will define who Barack Obama is as a president. It will define what he'll probably be known for," said 8th grader Austin Schmidt.

Along with soaking in Monday's importance, these students know their understanding is vital to shaping their own footsteps. 

"It's sort of following his footsteps because in a way without Martin Luther King there probably wouldn't be Barack Obama," said Schmidt.

For political awareness, these students get an A+.


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