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New Hampshire

February 20, 2007

Gov. Lynch holds class in Derry


Students asked questions about his pets, whether he gets to ride in a limo and what his days are like as governor. He told them about his family's five cats, one whose name is Harry Potter, said he uses a regular car rather than riding in a limousine and gave an itinerary starting with getting up at 5 a.m., meetings and press conferences throughout the day and finishing up by 10 p.m.

After his discussion with the students, Christine Bouchard, president of the Parent-Teacher Association, presented Lynch with a South Range coffee cup, T-shirt and sweatshirt. Fourth-grade teacher Sheila Cairns, who invited Lynch to the school, gave him a picture of her class. Cairns met Lynch at Derryfest last fall and invited him to visit the school.

"I can't believe this came true," she said when handing him her class picture.

Earlier in the morning, Lynch stopped into Atkinson Academy for the school's Monday morning meeting. There he spoke about New Hampshire government and history, but was also part of the school's celebration of student Olivia Marshall's citizenship.

Lynch said he showed Olivia, who was adopted by a local family from South Korea, her certificate of citizenship.

"That was very special," he said.

Lynch said first- and fourth-graders at Atkinson Academy sent him letters inviting him to the school. "I was really touched," he said, noting that's why he visited.

"They loved it," said Principal Heidi Webster of the students' reaction to the governor's visit.

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