Students in Everett High School's Senior Sociology class watched closely as the Commander in Chief spoke to their classroom.
It was a message students say set a tone of success for a student body that can sometimes struggle down the wrong path.
"I thought that it needed to be said, a lot of kids are dropping out of school now and maybe they'll see the first black president, it might make an influence on them" said Senior Andrea Atkins.
"Talking to them now, because a lot of kids like to drop out, and don't pay much attention to school -- talking to them now will help them, which will help better our economy," said Senior Kevin Tyler.
Sociology teacher Benton Billings gave students the option not to watch the speech, but he says no one expressed any concerns, he applauded the national focus on education and saw no evidence of indoctrination.
"I really hope that they're inspired by what he had to say and that they take away a positive message in how important education is," Billings said.
After the speech Billings facilitated some discussion on what impacted the students the most -- many say it gave them the extra edge to embark on educational goals that will translate to career goals.
"It's going to help me stay focused through out the year and get where I want to be," said Senior Kevin Canady.
"To make an effort to do what I'm supposed to do in school and go to college and get a good education," Atkins said.
And for other students it was the simple fact that the President was giving a pep talk directly to them, that had students all ears.
"I think that it was a lot more than if it's coming straight from the teacher, I think people will pay attention more too," Tyler said.
The East Lansing and Grand Ledge School Districts taped the speech and may show it at a later date.