Sunday, December 21, 2014

At the Kimmel Center, cheers erupt

The Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center erupted in pandemonium as Barack Obama was sworn in today.

At the Kimmel Center, cheers erupt

Inquirer staff writer Martha Woodall reports:

The Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center erupted in pandemonium as Barack Obama was sworn in today.

More than 600 students and parents from Independence Charter School in Center City screamed, applauded and pumped their fists in the air.

Tony Harrison, a third-grader, said “it seems like a very special day. He’s my role model. I want to be just like him. He’s honest, he’s trustworthy and he’s a good man.”

Because the school does not have an auditorium or gymnasium to accomodate its entire student body of 732, arrangements were made with Perelman for third-through eighth-graders to watch the live telecast there.

“It was important for the students to see such a historic event together,“ said Independence CEO Jurate Krokys.

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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