Well, that's not entirely true. I also covered the event for The Times. Our photographer Shane Bevel handled the visuals. (Phew.) You'll find his stellar efforts online and in Saturday's Times.
Jackson was obviously overwhelmed by the size of the crowd and all the cameras and camera phones pointed his way. In addition to a few hundred kids, their were a few hundred parents, Head Start administrators and politicians standing in the wings and crowding the stage.
Jackson was gracious and managed to give a good pep talk to the tykes.
"Education is the key to getting you to go where you want to go," he said simply. He also spoke about helping to build a school in KwaZulu-Natal, a South African province.
"They go to a school that we built and support. They are kids like you who are looking for a better life," Jackson said. He encouraged people to do what they can to support education. "We will have a better place to live, and the world will be a better place."