THE PRESIDENT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL MESSAGE TO AMERICA’S STUDENTS

On Tuesday, September 8 — the first day of school for many students — the President will talk directly to students across the country on the importance of taking responsibility for their education, challenging them to set goals and do everything they can to succeed. We want to make sure that as many schools and classrooms nationwide can participate in this special opportunity, so we are making the President’s address and all the information that comes with it available as widely as possible. Whether you are a teacher, a school board member, or a member of the media, find information below to help you watch and be engaged with the President in welcoming our students back to school.

The President’s Message

We have posted the President’s prepared remarks, read his message encouraging students to take personal responsibility for their educations.

When

Tuesday, September 8th, at 12:00 PM (EDT)

How to Watch

The President’s message will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov/live, and broadcast live on C-Span

Downloadable video of the speech will be made available on this page later that day as it becomes available

For school districts hoping to access the satellite feed, it will be available beginning at 11:00 AM (EDT) using the following coordinates:

* Galaxy 28/Transponder 17, Slot C (9 MHz)
* Uplink Frequency 14344.5 Horizontal
* Downlink Frequency 12044.5 Vertical

Classroom Engagement Resources

Menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6 to stimulate discussion on the importance of education in students’ lives
Menu of classroom activities for students in grades 7-12 to stimulate discussion on the importance of education in students’ lives
A video contest for students will be launched soon – details will be available at http://www.ed.gov/

President Barack Obama’s Message To Young Children On Their First Day In School

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