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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited a Washington, DC public middle school to welcome students back for the new school year.
The Bidens stopped by Eliot-Hine Middle School, located east of the U.S. Capitol, to mark the District of Columbia’s first day of school for the 2023-24 year.
The event kicks off several back-to-school activities for the first lady, who traveled later to the Midwest to celebrate teachers and to highlight the mental health needs of students.
Jill Biden is a longtime teacher. She’s the first first lady to continue her career outside the White House. She teaches English and writing at Northern Virginia Community College, which is where she taught during the eight years her husband was President Barack Obama’s vice president.
Speaking to a 7th-grade math class, the first lady said. “We love our students. And so, so if you’re going through tough times or, you know, maybe you’re struggling a little bit at math, in math, maybe you’re struggling a little bit at home, you know, you can go to your teachers, you can trust your teachers. We are always here for you guys.”
The school was built in 1931 and was recently modernized with state-of-the-art facilities. It has about 300 students. According to its website, it is focused on rigorous academic and socio-emotional instruction, and it receives federal funding to help support low-income students.
This article was provided by The Associated Press.