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Obama's election sparks presidential aspirations in the Bronx

Like the students at Harlem Success Academy, Ruben’s Bronx 4th graders are inspired by the president-elect:

Two students told me that they want to be President to help the poor people. Maverick told me he wants to be a math teacher. Verbal told me he wants to be a war hero and President.

At the end of the day we watched Barack’s victory speech, and as the crowd chanted, the students chanted with them, “Yes, we can.” As if that wasn’t enough I played for them Will.I.Am’s “Yes We Can” video. In a darkened classroom twenty-five poor kids from the Bronx sat enthralled by the words and music and as it ended we were all chanting, “Yes, we can. Yes, we can.”

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