Obama to speak at Central High School in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- President Barack Obama will be making a stop in the Valley this week as he promotes his 2015 agenda.

Obama will speak at Central High School in Phoenix Thursday morning to spotlight how the recovering housing sector has helped restore wealth and economic security to millions of middle-class families and announce new steps to help more Americans achieve home ownership, according to a news release.

"It's pretty cool that he's coming to our school," says Alina, a student.

Tickets to his speech are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon on Tuesday at the Phoenix Union High School District office, 4502 N. Central Ave. One ticket per person. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale.

Several people were already standing in line for tickets Monday night.

All ticketed guests will enter through the main entrance to Central High School, 4525 N. Central Ave. Doors open at 8 a.m. Thursday.

District officials say the visit is a huge honor, but also a huge undertaking.

"We spent most of the weekend with the White House advance team and the Secret Service preparing the school to make sure it's safe for the president and our students," says Phoenix Union High School District Superintedent Dr. Kent P. Scribner.

For security reasons, do not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted. All attendees will go through airport-like security.