Jill Biden turns Valentine’s Day into a lesson for 2nd graders
WASHINGTON – Jill Biden turned Valentine’s Day into a lesson for second graders.
The first lady and longtime teacher asked elementary school students in Washington to design Valentine’s Day hearts that hang in the East Wing of the White House.
Twenty second-graders from Aiton Elementary School and their teacher, Alejandro Diasgranados, will tour the White House on Monday and see their “heartwork” on display, Biden’s office said. This will be the first time many of these students have visited the White House.
The first lady will also take the group to the North Lawn to view her Valentine’s Day installation: hand-painted wooden artwork of the Bidens’ pup, commanding officer and cat, Willow. There is also a separate heart-shaped cutout inscribed with 1 Corinthians 13:13, “Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love. ”
Students in Diasgranados’ two second-grade classes designed two Valentine’s Day hearts using a template and instructions provided by the first lady’s office.
Each student was invited to use words that reflect their values in their creations: compassion, courage, family, gratitude, healing, hope, kindness, love, peace, strength and unity.
The hearts have been chained up and hang in a window just inside the entrance to the east wing, along with three large red hearts placed on the floor that say ‘hope’, ‘healing’ and ‘love’. according to a photograph provided by the first lady’s office.
She signed the “healing” heart with “Love, Jill”.
Diasgranados is Washington’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Biden, a veteran community college teacher, met Diasgranados last October when she and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona welcomed the 2020 and 2021 Teachers of the Year to the White House.
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