Most of us did this in school, wrote a letter to a politician, or someone famous, as a homework assignment, then tried sending it to them in hopes of a response.
Well, after three years, that school assignment was answered for one senior at Warsaw Community High School
So, who responded?
None other than our 44th president, Mr. Barack Obama.
“I have always kind of been involved with government, stuff like that, and I thought, kind of, the president would be something neat to write to,” says high school senior, Cody Shafer.
Well, weeks went by and Shafer still didn’t get a response. The weeks turned into months which turned into years, until,
“I stumbled upon an email you wrote to me a few years past. A student that is dedicated to his parents, his friends, his school, his community, his state, and one day to his nation,” read the letter from President Obama.
“I think at first I was shocked and then I thought, this is maybe a joke and I know, I kind of got some people to look into it to see if this was a true email and it really is a true email,” explains Shafer.
But, the letter wasn't just about Cody, it included one of his good friends Blake.
“Through research I have noticed another young man making an impact alongside of you, Blake Schritter. As you have accomplished and made a difference, he has taken charge by your side,” the letter continues.
Acknowledging all the work they have done together.
“High School State President, Student Council President, and a Chairman to a Community council. These are objectives that not many or any students your age have accomplished. Your goals in life have made an outstanding impact on others, as well as myself. Youth in our world are not all alike. When I was a student, I never put forth a life like yours, not to say having anyone I knew like you. You may not see but your community as well as your country is proud of the service you have given,” writes President Obama.
It wasn't just a response years later, the president made him an offer.
An opportunity I want to offer you today is a ‘Presidents Council’, that young adults (youth) will be able to serve on to not only learn how the world operates, but make an impact. This will give the nation’s youth a voice, a face, and a purpose. As you develop a program alongside with an individual and a feel, keep me updated. I would admire and cherish your thoughts and your objectives,” says President Obama.
An opportunity to make a difference.
“At first for me it was like, just completely surreal. You kind of went through different levels of emotion. You’re like, oh my gosh, this isn’t even happening, then you’re like oh my gosh it is and then you just kind of realize on how big this actually is and how much of an impact we are going to be able to make,” adds Shafer’s friend, high school junior Blake Schritter.
Both Cody and Blake say they would love to meet the president. As for Cody, you may want to remember his face. He hopes to one day be the president.