Prairie Village second graders get big scoop with White House interview

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- If you had a chance to ask the president one question, what would it be? A second grade class in Prairie Village at Belinder Elementary School had that opportunity.

After days of brainstorming, they came up with the perfect question.

Addison Moore scored the interviews with President Barack Obama and Press Secretary Josh Earnest for her class’ bi-weekly newsletter: The Marvel News.

“I also was thinking it was too amazing to be true and that I was having a dream,” said student Mary Vassilevsky.

“We're basically passing notes back and forth with the president,” said another classmate, Tommy Lisenby.

Addison has a family connection to Earnest. When President Obama arrived in Lawrence in January, her family had front row seats for the speech.

“When they were young, Josh and my dad were in school together at Barstow. They're like best friends,” she said.

After Earnest answered a few questions for The Marvel News, he also passed along a question to the president: What advice do you have for young students?

“President Obama's answer was, 'dream big dreams. You are fortunate to live in a country where if you work hard, do the right thing and listen to your parents, you can be anything you want to be,'” read teacher Larry Martin.

He started the newsletter 20 years ago. The name The Marvel News is a play on the nickname he gives his class, Martin’s Marvels.

The nation’s leader now joins George Brett, Bill Gates and even Santa Claus in an elite group who were all interviewed by The Marvel News.

If you want to check out the next issue, pick up a copy next Thursday. Each copy is just 10 cents or you can pay a dollar for a yearly subscription.

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