Cosby Stresses Education to Reservation

Monday, March 31st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

HANKINSON, N.D. (AP) _ Bill Cosby told a group of about 200 children that education is the key to success.

Children from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation gathered in the convention center of the Dakota Magic Casino on Sunday, an hour before Cosby performed the first of two shows. He agreed to speak to the children after a request by tribal leaders.

When some of the students said they did not like school because of the work, Cosby playfully wrestled with them.

``Do you have a father?'' Cosby asked. ``What's he do? He works. Why does he go to work? To get money. For who? Who's begging all the time?''

Cosby, who met with local school officials before talking to the children, joked that he had ``cut a deal'' with the teachers.

``I have been talking to the people who have been running the school system here, and they are going to bear down even harder on you,'' Cosby said. ``And guess what? The harder you work, the longer the recess.''