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Thursday, April 29, 2010

From the Mouth of Babes

Chicago Tribune journalist Stacy St. Clair reports if Barack Obama does one thing during his tenure, little Aleshay Clay hopes our President helps the homeless.

The 7-year-old South Chicago girl worries so much about the destitute people in her neighborhood that she wrote a letter to Obama urging him to do something. Her two-line note is included in a new book called "Dear Mr. President," which features 150 letters and drawings from children around the world.

Aleshay, a 2nd grader at Bouchet Elementary Math & Science Academy, is the only Chicago student to be included in the book.

"Dear Mr. President," the little girl wrote on red, white and blue paper. "Could you please put homeless people in foster homes? It's good to be in a house because you can keep warm and you can have a bed to sleep in."

The other students in the book urged the president to, among many things, end war, make the planet greener and make it rain candy. Aleshay—who attends the same elementary school that Michelle Obama did—says she championed the homeless because she worries about them.

"I like homeless people," she said. "They are very nice, but sometimes they get cold."

While photos of Michelle Obama hang throughout Bouchet Academy, Aleshay has bigger dreams than becoming first lady. She says she wants to be president.

"If you're president you get to help people," she said. "I can give homeless people everything they don't have. I can give them a bed and food and water and they would be happy."
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