Gov. Charlie Crist asked each school district to make sure all students were afforded the opportunity to watch Tuesday’s historic inauguration.
In bay county teachers made sure students had that chance. Arnold high school students watched the events unfold on a projector screen in the school's library. Others watched on smaller TV’s throughout the school.
Principal Dr. John Haley says regardless of which end of the political spectrum students are on, this election has given hope to many young people.
"There are hopes that the next President after President Obama will eventually be a woman. The hope and aspiration of our kids are really coming to fruition in this day and time. If they work hard they can achieve their goals and their promises in life will obviously be met," said Dr. John Haley, Arnold High Principal.
Across the county at Springfield Elementary, some youngsters took time this afternoon to write personal letters to president Obama. Each student could ask him a question, or suggest issues for him to address while in office.
Teacher Suzanne Boman says it's crucial for students to understand and learn about this historic election.
"This also has given them a good experience of seeing it on TV, which we did a little bit this morning and just to know what's going on with the United States at this time," said Suzanne Boman, Springfield Elementary Teacher.