Lee High School students meet President Obama at UNF

Students recognized for efforts in positive change for communities

By Joy Purdy - 5:30, 6:30 & 11 p.m. anchor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Barack Obama visited Jacksonville Thursday to campaign at the University of North Florida for Hillary Clinton.

While on the campaign trail, Obama took some time to meet one-on-one with some local high school students.

The Robert E. Lee High School students have used their personal stories to help bring change to their community and inspire other young people.

The class of students is called the EVAC movement. The students never thought their mission would lead to a private meet-and-greet with the President of the United States.

"It was crazy. It was unexpected," student Felton Morrell said. "It was unbelievable because when I was coming here today, I didn't expect for it to really happen, but it did."

The group of students were just in Washington D.C. in August to participate in a U.S. Department of Justice roundtable discussion about juveniles and the justice system.

IMAGES: President Obama at UNF

The students' plea for money to make that trip in August was answered by the community. Area leaders listened to the students' and wanted to learn more about the group's ideas to bring communities closer.

Although helping other youth is the mission of the EVAC movement, the students have kept their focus fun, too.

The students created a bucket list, which they call the "dream crazy list."

One item on the bucket list included meeting President Obama before he left office. Fortunately, the students were able check that box on the list.

"We thought we were going to have to go back to D.C., so to meet him today -- there's just no words, there is just no words," teacher Amy Donofrio said.

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