Jul 11, 2014
09:28 AM
Education

Obama Sends Letter to West Hartford Student for Excellent Book Report

Obama Sends Letter to West Hartford Student for Excellent Book Report

Shaun Martin, Jr. and his teacher Betty Oakes.

Working hard on a book report can earn students good grades and recognition from teachers, but for one West Hartford third-grader his book report on President Barack Obama got him a little something extra—an official signed letter and photograph from The White House.

Shaun Martin, Jr., who attends Saint Brigid School, received an “A” on his assignment about the life of the current president, and his teacher, Betty Oakes, encouraged him to send it to Obama. His mother, Andrea Martin, also suggested he mail a copy to the president after seeing how hard her son had worked on the paper.

Neither thought Shaun would receive a response from the White House. When the official letter came in the mail on June 16, Martin was shocked.

“We were totally mesmerized. In my wildest dreams I never thought President Obama or anyone from the White House would respond to Shaun’s letter,” his mother says in a press release.

When asked why he decided to send a letter to President Obama about his book report, Shaun responded, “Well since it was about him and I worked really hard on it; plus I got a really great grade on it too.  I guess I just wanted President Obama to know that I think he’s great.”

In a press release he adds, "He loves basketball and so do I.  Plus, he wrote that if I do my very best I can be anything I want.”

In addition to the letter, Shaun received a photo of the president (above) along with pictures of his dogs, Bo (below) and Sunny.

In his letter to Shaun, Obama wrote, “In the years ahead, always remember that nothing is beyond your reach as long as you are willing to dream big and work hard.”

Shaun brought the letter to class on June 17. The school was buzzing with rumors about the letter, so Principal Shevon Hickey let him stand in front of his peers and announce that he had, in fact, received a letter. All of the other students started clapping for him.

“The entire class was absolutely stunned when Shaun announced he received a letter in the mail from President Obama,” says his teacher. “The next day he brought it in to show everyone. The recognition from President Obama was well deserved and we’re proud of Shaun.”

For more information on Saint Brigid School visit the website at saintbrigidschool.org

Obama Sends Letter to West Hartford Student for Excellent Book Report

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