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For Presidents' Day...Send Email to the White House

Boot Camp feature for Monday, February 19, 2001

For President's Day... .have your kids send an email to the President. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. Winslow Press, Barnes and Noble and FamilyPC magazine are conducting a contest for kids... .called Dear Mr. President. They can enter by regular mail... .or electronically on the Web at FamilyPC.com. Editor in Chief Robin Raskin... says kids seem to have a lot to say to the President...

"In the first eight days of the contest we've had sixteen hundred entries. They talk about everything from very personal things about their own parents and their own lives to I think you're doing a great job, to I think your wife is really pretty to their religious views... it has been all over the board. And the winner gets to go to Washington and actually spend some time with the new president."

The contest runs through the end of this month. The competition is intense. For instance... a six year old writes...

"Will you do a favor for me? That favor will be please don't let anybody shoot anybody like a human being because I don't think it's nice and I think it's evil. Also don't let anybody steal."

And then there was this letter from the youngest to enter so far... .

"He says my name is Danny and I'm three years old and here are the things I care about... to help our world, help clean their rooms, stop carrying weapons, stop fighting, stop wrestling, stop being mean, help our family and help mommy and daddy and help make beds and clean up rooms and then it's all done."

The entries are not posted on the Web without parental permission... and FamilyPC says the personal information remains private. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.