LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - Some Loxahatchee school children are pleading with the president, hoping that federal budget cuts do not derail an upcoming trip to the nation's capitol.
The students at Frontier Elementary, with help from some of their teachers, are trying to think 'outside the box' in order to get a tour of the inside of the White House. The tours are not an option at this point, because of sequestration.
How would you get the President Obama's attention from 992 miles away? If you are a group of 41 fifth graders at Frontier, you become creative and you then post on YouTube. "Please help our dream come true," said one student. "Show us leadership, dedication and patriotism."
It is a direct message to President Obama in direct response to federal budget cuts from the sequester. One cut, in particular, is impacting these kids right now. Tours of the White House were canceled in recent weeks, with no immediate plans to restart them.
The students want their video to go viral before their four-day trip to the nation's capital next month.
Sherrie Dulany is heading up the trip and is still holding out hope that they will get inside the White House.
"It would be great if we could," she said. "We'll do whatever we can." Dulany, who is in charge of Frontier Elementary's Safety Patrol program, has been to inside the White House in previous years.
"I don't know that I was ever exposed in the fifth grade to petitioning my government and trying to make a change and see some action and get something done," she said.
Because of budgetary reductions, the Secret Service had to reassign the officers normally securing the tours.
"We are the future. We can and we will impact this nation," said another student in the YouTube video. "We hope that after watching this video, you may reconsider."
The students will travel to Washington, D.C. in mid-May as planned. They will see the White House only from outside the tall fences that line Pennsylvania Avenue.
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