Jill Biden turns Valentine’s Day into a lesson for sophomores

Jill Biden turns Valentine's Day into a lesson for sophomores

Jill Biden turns Valentine’s Day into a lesson for sophomores


WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden turned Valentine’s Day into a class for sophomores.

The first lady and longtime teacher asked Washington elementary school students to design a Valentine’s Day heart that hangs in the East Wing of the White House.

On Monday, 20 second-graders at Ayton Elementary and their teacher, Alejandro Diasgranados, also visited the White House and saw their “brain.” Biden’s office said it was the first time many of these students were at the White House.

The first lady also took everyone to the North Lawn to see her Valentine’s Day installation: hand-painted wooden artwork shaped like the Bidens’ puppy commander and cat willow. There is also a separate heart-shaped cutout with the inscription 1 Corinthians 13:13, “Three things will always exist—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of them all is love.”

Students cheered loudly as their school bus stopped at the mansion, and White House aides greeted them as they jumped off. The commander growled as they entered the building.

“That’s paparazzi!” a boy shouted, pointing to reporters who had gathered to witness the arrival.

Group photos were taken inside and outside the White House, and the first lady took the White House biscuits to send the students on the road. She was heard to apologise to an adult accompanying the group for giving the children candy.

When asked about the wrist corsage she wore, the first lady told reporters it was a Valentine’s gift from her husband, President Joe Biden.

Students from two classes in second grade at Diasgranados designed two Valentine’s Day hearts using templates and instructions provided by the First Lady’s Office.

Each student was asked to use words in their designs that reflected her values: compassion, courage, family, gratitude, healing, hope, kindness, love, peace, strength, and unity.

According to a photo provided, the hearts were strung together and hung from a window at the entrance to the east wing, along with three large red hearts on the floor that read “Hope,” “Healing,” and “Love.” Next to the first lady’s office.

She signed “Healing” with “Love, Jill.”

Diasgranados is Washington’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Biden, a veteran community college professor, met with Diaz Granados last October when she and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona hosted the 2020 and 2021 Teachers of the Year at the White House.

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