Desert Vista High School prepares for visit from President Barack Obama

AHWATUKEE, AZ - Students at an Arizona high school are kicking off the new school year with a visit from the President.

President Barack Obama will speak to roughly 1,000 members of the Desert Vista High School senior class Tuesday afternoon from the school's gymnasium in Ahwatukee. Students had their first official day of classes on Monday.

"We're very excited, I've got something happening here that they (students) will remember for a lifetime," said Desert Vista High School Principal Dr. Anna Battle. 

The President will be speaking on the economy, housing and improving the middle class. The speech is part of a series of tours the President has been making in the last couple months.

"We talk about authentic learning, we talk about presentation and government and this fits quite nicely," said Battle while walking the school grounds with ABC15. 

Battle said there is a "flurry of activity" within the halls of the school as the Secret Service, local authorities, teachers and students work to complete the final preparations ahead of the President's visit, all while school is in session.

Students are being advised to park at Pecos Park on Tuesday. Buses will be transporting students from the park to school beginning at 6:45 a.m. Teachers will need to park at the Church of Latter Day Saints located behind the school, off Frye Road.

School officials sent out a memo to students clarifying behavior and dress code expectations for Tuesday's event.

"The parent's support is fabulous, they will be talking with their kids about behavior expectations and dress, they will dress in business attire, no sneakers, ties, shirts tucked in," said Battle while standing outside as students changed classes.  "They understand this is not a pep rally, they are here to listen to the President speak."

Battle said the event will help to better educate students on current events and she's already thinking about the take-home message from the Presidential visit.

"We will remain humble because this is an opportunity that did not have to come to Desert Vista High School and we will cherish it," said Battle while smiling.


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