LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - La Crosse area high schools say hundreds of students missed classes Wednesday to see Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Four area high schools reported parents excused more than 750 students to attend Obama's outdoor rally in downtown La Crosse. Obama spoke to a crowd of about 15,000 people.
Tammy Stellpflug of Eyota, Minnesota, brought her 14-year-old son, Tim, to the rally. Tim says he missed a couple of tests and football practice, but he will remember seeing Obama long after those other things are forgotten.
Sixty-5-year-old Linda Peterson also was seeking lifelong memories for her 10-year-old grandson, Zak Chaouki. Peterson says that if Obama wins, her grandson decades from now will remember seeing the president with his grandmother.