Many schools around the country made sure that students got to witness the historic events of Inauguration day. That was the case at Stephen F. Austin middle school, where many of the televisions were tuned to the inauguration.
History teacher Mary Desern even put her own touch on the day's events. Students were given bingo sheets to mark off important people they saw or phrases they heard during the ceremonies, in order to help the sixth graders stay focused on what they were experiencing.
"I think it's really important for them to realize there are so many events in history that people say, you know where were you?" says Desern,"This is a very big part of history because this is the first black president that we've ever had, and on top of that this is a new president."
And if you were wondering, students that filled their bingo sheet received extra points on their next assignment.