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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) Classes are in session at the new Barack Obama Elementary School in Prince George's County.

It's one of at least six schools across the country named for the president. When it opened Monday, it was the first in the Washington area.

The Prince George's school system is touting the new building as an environmentally friendly ``green'' school.

The president is a popular role model in the majority-black county. Prince George's County voters supported him by wide margins in the 2008 election.

Corey Armstrong of Upper Marlboro says it's an honor for his two children to attend a school named for the president.

Armstrong says he's worried about larger class sizes, though, because of teacher cutbacks in the county.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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