The Bush administration has put its weight behind a series of initiatives to promote patriotism in young people, including a mass Pledge of Allegiance by the country's 52 million schoolchildren and a pen-pal exchange between U.S. and Muslim students overseas. Unfortunately, a highly publicized drive to collect $1 donations from U.S. kids for starving Afghan children hit a snag when the postal center that serves the White House closed due to anthrax contamination.

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