By Bill Shields


BOSTON (CBS) – A school for underprivileged kids in Roxbury is reaching for the top, hoping the president will join in their celebration of good role models.

The students at Haynes Early Education Center have been writing letters to President Obama to try and get him to visit.

On Thursday, they asked WBZ-TV for help to get their message to the White House.

“I said ‘President Obama come to our school because it’s great,’” one student said.

Before he leaves office, they want him to visit. They’ve even uploaded a video on YouTube.

For the last 12 years, they’ve had a day set aside for what they call the “Special Man In My Life Day.” It’s a day when fathers and mentors come to visit and bond with their kids.

“It’s really an opportunity for us to highlight men who are instrumental in the lives of their children, men who sometimes have been forgotten,” Principal Donette Wilson-Wood said.

It’s a day-long event that perhaps benefits the men, as much as the kids. So they were hoping to have the nation’s number one man come be a part of it.

The president’s staff has responded to the letter writing campaign but say he is too busy to come to Friday’s event.

Bill Shields

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