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6th grader receives letter from President Obama

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Zachary Queensland, of Wykoff, Minn. shows off his letter from President Obama. Photo by Hannah Wingert

Twelve year old Zachary Queensland has been interested in history, especially World War II, and learning about the US presidents since he was in 2nd grade. He is currently a 6th grader at Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff and his interest has grown in the last four years.

Cindy Erding, a library and lunch assistant/para at the school, says that Zach has read every book available about WWII in the school library. He often quizzes her on presidential trivia when he comes into the library and has a book of his own about presidents that he has been enjoying.

During the recent presidential election, Zach followed the debates closely. Even though the elections are over, he still keeps track of what is going on in politics through the media and is looking forward to his dream vacation to Washington DC in August of this year.

So, when he had something to say about gun control, a current hot button issue, he decided, without prompting from anyone, to write a letter to President Obama about it. When he sent the letter off in late March, he said he was expecting some sort of a reply, but when a large manila envelope arrived in his mailbox in early May, he was surprised nonetheless.

Inside the envelope was an autographed picture of President Obama, a picture of Bo the White House dog, with facts about him on the back, and several informational brochures about the White House. But the best thing in the envelope and what surprised Zach the most, was a signed personal letter from the president himself thanking Zach for his enthusiasm and concern for our country.

The letter and the other items that were sent along with it, are currently on display in the Kingsland Middle School library for the students to view.


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5:56:33, May 18th 2013

modgudur says:
I guess the child is anti-gun control since Obama went to all that trouble to reply. What did Obama say to him? Thanks for enthusiasm and concern for our country, that's it? Really? Why isn't the letter reproduced? Does the child understand the Constitution and all of the amendments? Does the President understand the Constitution and all of the amendments?

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