Odell principal excited to be part of the crowd headed to D.C.

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Staff report
Dr. Lynn Graham Marsh, a Salisbury resident and principal of Odell Elementary School in Cabarrus County, is one of a handful of local residents heading to Washington, D.C., for Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Marsh was one of 200 alumni delegates chosen to attend by People to People Citizens Ambassador Programs.
She served as an ambassador to China for People to People, her job to help Chinese learn how to include special needs children in regular schools.
In Washington, Marsh will be involved in various meetings and educational events from Jan. 17-21 while serving on the inaugural delegation. The delegation’s host will be Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Eisenhower and founder of People to People.
Marsh will be spending time with Ken Walsh, U.S. News and World Report’s chief White House correspondent. Her topics of interest for discussion pertain to No Child Left Behind and the health-care system in the United States.
Marsh will be visiting Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the National Portrat Gallery, Mount Vernon Estate and Education Center, and a performance of “Shear Madness” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Delegation members will get a photo tour of the White House and attend a dinner hosted at the Saudi Arabian Embassy with Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati, permanent representative of Iraq to the United Nations. Following the inauguration, Marsh will attend one of the inaugural balls.
She plans on creating a Power Point presentation of her experiences for fifth-graders at Odell and other Cabarrus County schools.
Marsh and her husband, Donald, have two children: Donna Marsh Greene and Matthew Marsh. She is the daughter of Sarah Graham and the late Walter A. Graham Jr.