Long Island School Officially Renamed for Obama

Call it another sign that change has come to America.

Signs are being unveiled Wednesday afternoon to officially rename a New York elementary school in honor of President Barack Obama.

Officials in Hempstead, on Long Island, believe it's the first school in the nation to be renamed for the 44th president.

Principal Jean Bligen says the idea to rename the former Ludlum Elementary School came from the children.

Students wrote essays and held mock debates during the campaign.

After Obama's victory in November, the school board unanimously passed a resolution making the change.

The school, built in the 1920s, originally was named after Dr. Charles Ludlum, who served on the school board for about 40 years. Bligen has said Ludlum's relatives approve of the change.

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