- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

LANGDON, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota elementary school student now counts a prime minister as his pen pal.

Langdon third-grader Edward Freer addressed a letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as part of a class assignment and recently heard back from him.

Edward’s classmates also sent letters to heads of nations, but his was different. Edward wrote his letter entirely in braille because he is nearly blind.

Edward says he asked Abbott if people in Australia have kangaroos as pets. Abbott in a video message told Edward that’s not the case because very few people “have a backyard big enough to keep kangaroos.”

Abbott also thanked Edward for being interested in the country he leads.

Edward’s mom, Carey, tells WDAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1RQwp61 ) that this shows students can excel in school despite a disability.

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Information from: WDAZ-TV, http://wdaz.com

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