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Elementary School Renamed for Obama

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) At the urging of its students, the Ludlum Elementary School in Hempstead on New York's Long Island has been renamed Barack Obama Elementary.

The vote by the Hempstead Union Free School District was
unanimous and effective immediately. Efforts to rename schools,
parks and streets after Obama are under way elsewhere, but
Hempstead officials think their school is the first to carry the
name.

Principal Jean Bligen says most of the 466 students at Barack
Obama Elementary are black or Hispanic and take Obama's election as
a big source of pride.

And there are naming honors for the president-elect not just in
the U.S. The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean
wants to rename Boggy Peak, Mount Obama.


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