NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: SEPTEMBER 4, 2009


NC Department of Public Instruction officials have notified local school districts and schools that President Barack Obama's national address to students on Tuesday, Sept. 8, is an optional educational enrichment activity.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to students via the Web and C-SPAN to encourage students to set high academic goals and to do their best to succeed in school. The address will be broadcast live on the White House Web site ( and on C-SPAN at 12:00 p.m., ET.

In support of this address, the U.S. Department of Education has posted a menu of classroom activities for students at all grade spans - created by its teachers-in-residence, the Teaching Ambassador Fellows - to help engage students in the address and stimulate classroom discussions about the importance of education. These materials are online at .

Information about the address as an instruction option was distributed by email to all local schools and school districts on Thursday.

"This address is an optional instructional activity. As with many other enrichment opportunities available to teachers, it is a local decision regarding participation and how the address might be incorporated into the school day," said Dr. Rebecca Garland, chief academic officer for the NC Department of Public Instruction.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.