As President Barack Obama took to the podium Tuesday to address students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA, students in thousands of classrooms across the nation also had a chance to tune in and listen.

The much-anticipated and often discussed speech gave on-air news commentators a lot of material over the last several weeks, as the president planned his nationwide address to the country's school children in grades K-12 to talk about staying in school, working hard, being responsible, and doing the best they can.

Schools in this area took different approaches to the president's chat on Tuesday.

In Derry, Superintendent Mary Ellen Hannon said the district received information about the speech several weeks ago, but added she was not a fan of live broadcasts in the classroom.

Tuesday turned out to be a normal, relatively quiet day in Derry's classrooms, with no live broadcast of the speech, but teachers having the option to receive copies of the president's words to use as they see fit with their students.

Obama's speech did draw criticism from some parents who felt the president should not be speaking to a nationwide audience of students. The text of his speech became public on Monday.

Derry administrators and school board members fielded concerns from a few parents who questioned what the president might say to their children.

In a letter sent to the Derry News, and also to Derry school officials, parent Chris Levada said the speech did not belong in a Derry classroom.

"I, along with many others, do not feel that this type of indoctrination belongs in our public schools," Levada wrote. "This type of 'political programming' does not belong in our schools by any politician at any time."

Hannon said only a few letters and e-mails like this came through prior to the speech.

In Londonderry, students in some specialized classes viewed the telecast live, while others planned to watch tapes of the broadcast.

"I did read the speech Monday and I thought it was fine," said Londonderry Superintendent Nate Greenberg.

The timing of the speech made it a little difficult for many to see it at Londonderry High School as it overlapped two periods, but students in the AP social studies class were able to view the broadcast during G period.

Greenberg said he received about 10-15 e-mails from parents who did not want their children to watch the speech in school and he said those students were provided the opportunity to opt out of watching.

At South Londonderry Elementary School, Principal Linda Boyd taped the speech and will show a portion of it during the next all-school meeting.

"The message was nonpartisan," Greenberg said. "Work hard, stay in school, do your best and set goals — all good points for students."

At Pinkerton Academy, administrators also gave students and staff the choice of whether to view Obama's speech.

Pinkerton spokesman Robin Perrin said the school taped the President's speech and made copies available in the school's library for students and staff.

Hannon said parents in the Derry district appreciated the ultimate goal of what President Obama said in his speech. She added this information can be used anytime to help students achieve their greatest ability in the classroom, challenging students to do their best, achieve their goals and work hard.

"Parents are looking at it for what is the message," she said. "That is the most key."

The president's almost half-hour speech reinforced the importance of staying in school, and working hard, something he said every student in America should strive for.

"Every single one of you has something you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer," the president told students in his speech. "And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide."

Derry News Staf Writer Suzanne Laurent contributed to this article.

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