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Falls Church High Students Visit the White House

Students got an up-close look at life at the White House.

Falls Church High students stop for a photo in front of the White House after a recent tour; photo courtesy of FCCPS.
Falls Church High students stop for a photo in front of the White House after a recent tour; photo courtesy of FCCPS.

Students in the Falls Church High School physical disabilities program recently had a special field trip experience that helped lessons they have had in history classes come to life, according to a news release from FCCPS.

Not only did they get a tour of the White House, they were able to meet with the Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the White House—Jennifer Palmieri.  

Palmieri greeted the students as they arrived, giving them each a box of the presidential M&Ms ® and was able to spend a brief amount of time with them before they began their walk.

While touring the White House, students were highly impressed with the history and the art work. 

Minh, a senior in the program, was intrigued by the paintings, in particular the one of Mary Washington. Dinora, another senior in the program, found the architecture interesting and had an interest in the Blue Room. When talking with Alyssa, a junior, she expressed how much she enjoyed being able to talk with Secret Service staff members and hearing about some of the activities that have taken place there.  

The stories heard at the White House, including that of Teddy Roosevelt wrestling in the State Dining Room, allowed the students to see more of the human side to all these faces they study in classes. 

Overall the experience was greatly appreciated by the students. They gave a big thanks to Jennifer Palmieri and the Secret Service members who took the time to talk with them.

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