Heritage Middle School students get surprise meeting with first lady

What a great article from the Daytona Beach New Journal!!!

By KATHLEEN RASCHE
Correspondent

DELTONA – Eighth-grade students from Heritage Middle School got a surprise on a recent field trip to Washington, D.C. when they were introduced to first lady Michelle Obama during a tour of the White House.
Eighth-grade students from Heritage Middle School pose in front of the White House on their recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The meeting was not a planned part of the tour.

The Washington D.C. trip is open to all eighth-grade students at Heritage.
During the three-day trip, 44 students visited Mt. Vernon, the Holocaust Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian and the White House. Art teacher Beth Doran organized the event.

While on their tour of the White House the students were asked to wait in the East Room. A half hour later they were escorted to another room where journalist Jenna Bush Hager was interviewing Michelle Obama for a segment on the TODAY show. When the interview ended, the students were able to meet both women.

“She said she liked my braces,” said Mikaela Peters, 13, about her meeting with the first lady.

“She was very personable, very warm and welcoming,” said Kristy Kuches, the school’s math coach who volunteered as a chaperone on the trip.
Students did not get an opportunity to ask many questions, but said they would have asked what it’s like to be married to the president and whether or not Mrs. Obama wanted her husband to be the president. The students said the first lady hugged some of them and Tweeted about their visit.

The White House posted a YouTube video of the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ENlwhTjeuk.

Wadtrika Duprat, 13, did get to ask about changes made to a White House dining room. Duprat said she was surprised there was modern art in there and asked Michelle Obama about it. “(She said) modern art is good and it won’t be modern art in the future.”

Surprise visit aside, the students were thrilled to touch and see history for themselves.

“It’s a very good learning experience. You see it on the news and on television, but you never actually see it. And it was cool to pet the president’s dogs,” said Michael Shepherd, 13.

“You never know when this type of information is going to come in handy in the future,” said Melanie Gomez, 13.

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