BY JENNIFER GRISWOLD Modified: January 18, 2009 at 8:50 am •  Published: January 18, 2009
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photo - Perla Rodriqez, a second grader at Truman Elementary School, reads about President-elect Barack Obama in her class. Teacher Brandi Gomez will attend the inauguration Tuesday and represent her students. By Jaconna Aguirre
Perla Rodriqez, a second grader at Truman Elementary School, reads about President-elect Barack Obama in her class. Teacher Brandi Gomez will attend the inauguration Tuesday and represent her students. By Jaconna Aguirre
NORMAN — As students across the state tune in Tuesday to see President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, a group of Norman second- graders will have a representative in the crowd.

Brandi Gomez, a teacher at Truman Elementary School, and her husband will be among the millions expected to attend Inauguration Day activities.

"This is our chance to be a part of history,” Gomez said, adding that she wants her students to share in that moment.

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The students will be watching the ceremony in the classroom while she sees it from the crowd. Gomez hopes to talk to her students and to send them photos from the event, if she can get a call out.

"I want them to feel like they’re there as much as I am,” she said.

The students have been learning about the civil rights movement and its leaders in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Seeing Obama take office will really put everything they’ve studied into perspective, Gomez said.

"It’s a huge event in our history, being the first African American president, and I want them to realize that and be part of this historic moment,” the teacher said.

"We’re all a part of this, and I know that when I’m standing there, I’m representing my kids.”



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