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John F. Kennedy started as a kindergartner at the Devotion School in Brookline in 1921. (Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)MoreCloseclosemore
John F. Kennedy started as a kindergartner at the Devotion School in Brookline in 1921. (Courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)

Part of a series marking the 100-year anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy in Brookline.

One hundred years ago, when John F. Kennedy was born on Beals St. in Brookline, the public elementary school around the corner already had been open for decades.

America's 35th president began his academic career at the Edward Devotion School as a kindergartner. Kennedy stayed at Devotion until partway through third grade.

Centennial events at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site included Devotion third graders presenting their own essays and poems about the school's most celebrated alum.

On a morning leading up to that presentation, some of these 8- and 9-year-old Devotion school writers shared their work.

This segment aired on May 27, 2017.

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