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Obama Leaves Message For Football Coach, Teacher At Newtown High School (PHOTO)

President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington for Connecticut, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. President Obama is travel
President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Washington for Connecticut, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. President Obama is traveling to Newtown, Conn., to meet with the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims and to thank first responders. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Two staff members at Newtown High School in Connecticut were surprised to find a message left for them on a whiteboard on Sunday by President Barack Obama.

Newtown football coach Steve George and teacher Bob Pattison had left a note to Obama in a classroom that the president was using as a staging area before his speech at a memorial service for the 26 people -- 20 of them children -- slain during a mass shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. It read:

Dear President Obama,

The Newtown community is so thankful that you are coming to help us heal. In times of adversity it is reassuring to know that we have a strong leader to help us recover.

-Steve George, teacher/football coach
-Bobby Pattison, teacher

George later tweeted that they'd found a reply from the president when they returned to the room.

"You’re in our thoughts and prayers," the note read, above Obama's signature.

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