School officials and community groups Wednesday afternoon will participate in a ceremony recognizing that the Ludlum Elementary School is now called the Barack Obama Elementary School, where signs will be unveiled.
Hempstead's school board voted unanimously in November to change the name of the 460-student school on William Street.
The school's enrollment is 62 percent Hispanic and 36 percent
African-American. Several students come from Africa, and many more come from El
Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador and Puerto Rico.
The name-change idea began to jell after a fifth-grade teacher asked students Jalani Johnson and Samantha Alburez, both 10, to write essays on why their school should be named for Obama.
At a November school board meeting, interim Superintendent Joseph Laria praised both students and adults for urging the name change. The board's vote was 5-0.
The school was previously named for the late Dr. Charles Ludlum, a longtime school board president.
It was built in 1928, with four portable classrooms added several years ago after two other deteriorating elementary schools were closed.