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Student media project aims at White House

September 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some local high school students are on a quest. They want to earn an invitation to the White House from the president and the first lady. And they're doing it with the help of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.What these young musicians are working on is the background music for a video that they hope will land them an invitation to meet the President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

A non-profit group is providing the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to record the students' letters and music. They can imagine their hard work resulting in an invite to the White House.

"I want to ask him how he feels about the situation he's in, being the president," said student Mia Henry.

Once the work is done inside the bus, the whole thing will be put together and shipped off to Washington, D.C. They've already received donations at Crenshaw High School for the airline tickets, so now the ball is in the president's court. The kids are waiting for the invitation.

The non-profit group Mother of Many, or M.O.M., an organization that works with high school students to improve their grades through the use of digital media, will make sure the DVD gets into the right hands back in Washington, D.C.

The project should be finished by the weekend, and then the students and teachers wait.

"We had someone donate some money already, so we just need the invitation. So as soon as we schedule that date, I'm calling the airlines, we're booking the tickets, and we'll be there," said coordinator and M.O.M. founder and director Daphne Bradford.

So do the students have a shot at being invited to meet the First Family.

"Well, I'm not a betting person, but I can tell you with the caliber of students that we have here at Crenshaw High School, I honestly believe it can happen," said Crenshaw High School Principal Carrie Allen. "I want to say 99 percent. I have to not doubt that when kids take a stand, and when education is at stake, good things happen."

If the invitation comes, the multimedia students from Crenshaw High will be joined by the culinary arts students from Dorsey High School, who hope to tour the White House kitchen.

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