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Vice President Visiting Triangle

Posted May 28, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Vice President Al Gore flew into RDU International airport Wednesday afternoon to hold a town meeting at an Apex school and, later, attend a political fund-raiser. Apex students and teachers could hardly contain their excitement as the time for his arrival approached.

The meeting started just after 3 p.m. and ran for about 45 minutes. Craig Thomas was among many students at Davis Road Middle School with questions for the Vice President. He wanted to know if Gore planned to run for the nation's top office.

Thomas and others got their wishes as the Vice President took questions from his audience. Gore said education was high on his list of priorities.

Gore touched on just about every possible aspect of education as Governor Jim Hunt looked on in the audience. Repeatedly, the subject of new technology came up and the Vice President expressed enthusiasm for seeing computers and the Internet in classrooms.

Student Ellie Thompson said it was a great experience seeing the Vice President and hearing him speak.

Gore said he'd like to see the Internet working in all classrooms by the year 2000. In addition, he said he supports increasing standards for teachers, improving Head Start programs, making college more affordable, and getting parents more involved in education.

Over 150 people attended the town meeting, including students, teachers, administrators and parents.