President Barack Obama surprises South Side students, community leaders with virtual visit

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
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President Obama surprised community leaders and South Shore International High School students with a virtual visit.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- President Obama surprised community leaders and students at South Shore International High School with a virtual visit this week.

The classroom consisted of sophomore through senior-year students, according to a statement from Jeff Philips, senior director at Kivvit. The students are identified as leaders in their school.

The students recently participated in a Black history classroom exchange program sponsored by the NBA, including the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma Thunder, and supported by the Obama Foundation, the statement said.

President Obama talked with the students about what they learned in the exchange program as well as the students' ideas and input for how the Obama Foundation can improve the campus at Obama Presidential Center. He also met with three South Side community leaders individually over Zoom to recognize their work and impact, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They talked about how the Obama Presidential Center can be a resource for the community as well as a catalyst for future opportunities, according to the statement.