Some mornings, President Bush leads 645 elementary pupils and their teachers in the Pledge of Allegiance.
"Good morning to all the students and teachers in school today. This is George Bush, president of the United States," Bush tells students at Lapel Elementary School in Lapel, Ind.The president was among about 35 celebrities principal Jerry R. Kemerly asked to make tape-recorded messages to lead the pledge.
Kemerly sent out the requests with blank cassette tapes in September and has received six responses. Vice President Dan Quayle, an Indiana native, hasn't responded to his request, Kemerly said.
"I thought it would mean more if the children heard from influential people or celebrities or athletes," he said.
The school also received tapes from Purdue University basketball coach Gene Keady, Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., and former Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine.