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Kids Greet World Leaders

In June 2004, more than 300 third graders in Georgia had a special job to do. They helped greet world leaders! The leaders were taking part in the G8 Summit in Sea Island, Georgia.

A summit is a meeting. G8 stands for Group of Eight. The G8 is made up of the world's eight major industrialized democracies. The G8 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union also attends the summit as an unofficial observer.

Each year, the leaders of those countries meet to discuss issues facing the world. Those issues include international conflicts, health care, and the world economy. The leaders work together to come up with ways to make the world a safer and better place.

“It's important that the world leaders get together to talk about problems,” said student Dustin Stewart.

The leaders take turns hosting the G8 Summit in their home countries. In 2004, George W. Bush was the host. The summit will be held in the United States again in 2012.