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Monday, June 3, 2013

A Letter To and From the US President & Lesson in Democracy

In art class last year, my son and other students drew pictures of President Obama and sent them to the White House with a letter to President Obama. The class received a letter back from the White House and Obama and the students were very surprised and excited.  My son holds his copy of this letter as a treasure (set in the formal china cabinet next to his Lego Architect White House - LOL) Your child may like this too! It is easier and faster to get an e-mail response, but you can write a regular letter as well.
Be sure to follow these important steps. . .
  1. Type your letter on regular 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. If you hand write the letter use pen and write as neatly as you can.
  2. Be certain to put your return address on your envelope.
  3. TIP: (They are more likely to return a message in e-mail so you can include your e-mail address in your letter, then just print out the e-mail!)
  4. Send your letter to this address:
The White House 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 
Washington, DC 20500

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Here is a copy of the letter my son received!
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This is a great learning opportunity for your child. They can learn about the President and his responsibilities. You could do research with your child to find some of the beliefs and stands that the President has that agree with your child's ideals. Then your child could write a letter explaining why they share some of the same  beliefs and  he/she could wish the President well in trying to make the world a better place! Whether or not you agree with Democrats or Obama, you can help your child understand the importance of knowing the issues & candidates, voting, and supporting whomever democracy allows us to vote into office. Teach your child what it means to have the rights of Americans to a Democratic Society. The white house has many links to learn from and pictures too. Many learning opportunities here! Have FUN!

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Remember that we are all about sharing here at The Dapper School House so share what you did with this lesson and how your child/ children responded! 

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