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White House tours may be restored; Waverly students learn about changing the world

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

The message from Saint Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly has gotten through to the White House.

This week, President Barack Obama said he is working with the Secret Service to restore some tours for students visiting Washington, D.C.

The Saint Paul students spoke out about the suspension of the tours after automatic budget cuts canceled their tour.

Obama says he is working with the Secret Service to try and restore some tours for students traveling to the nation's capital during their upcoming spring break.

The sixth graders from Waverly likely won't be able to tour the White House themselves, but they learned an important lesson from the experience.

"It's basically taught us that we can change the world, even though we're just 11 and 12 years old," sixth-grader Madison Iediske said.

The Saint Paul Lutheran School sixth graders will be leaving for their trip Friday, and they are still very excited for the opportunity to visit the nation's capital -- even if a White House tour isn't part of it.

Sixth-grade teacher Lynn Brown says she's extremely proud of her students.

"When it comes to the grounding the values that their parents have instilled in these children, (that) carries over in the real world, and I think they've established a great tradition of that as well here," Brown said. "When it comes to a topic of great tradition (such) as this, they are presenting themselves as young ambassadors."

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