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President Obama gives back-to-school interview to kids

President Obama is a busy man, but not too busy to give a back-to-school interview to members of Scholastic’s Kids Press Corps.

The corps is a team of about 50 kids, ages 10-14, from across the country who report on news, entertainment, and sports from their hometowns.

Obama sat down at the White House with kid reporters Jacob Schroeder and Topanga Sena for an exclusive back-to-school interview. There are several video excerpts from the interview on the kids corps homepage, here, and below, you canplay the excerpt in which Obama tells the kids where he was on Sept. 11, 2001, and his thoughts about the 10th anniversary.

Other excerpts focus on Obama’s favorite books, the economy, challenges facing the country, and more.

By the way, Scholastic is now accepting applications for the next group of kid reporters for this year school. The deadline is Oct. 11 and all the details can be found here.

Their work appears on different platforms: the Kids Press Corps homepage, Scholastic News Online and in Scholastic News® (classroom magazines for students in grades 1-6) and Junior Scholastic® (grades 6-8).


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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.


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