FW: FLOTUS pool

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From: Shapiro, T. Rees [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 12:05 PM
Cc: Adler, Caroline; Donohue, Kelsey; Rosholm, Joanna
Subject: FLOTUS pool

First Lady Michelle Obama and Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, arrived at Great Falls Elementary in Fairfax County at 10:24 a.m. The doors of the school were framed by two yellow banners with the message "Welcome" in English and Japanese.

Students clapped and greeted them in the foyer waving American and Japanese flags while two students and an instructor played thundering taiko drums.

Fairfax County schools superintendent Karen Garza said "Welcome," to Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Abe. They were also met in the foyer by Great Falls principal Raymond Lonnett.

First Lady Obama wore a white floral print dress and Akie Abe wore a cherry red dress.

Preparing for the visit students made handrawn portraits of the first lady and prime minister's wife pinned in the hallways.

A pair of students handed them matching bouquets of white and yellow flowers before Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Abe moved to meet hundreds of students who stood along the school's main hallway.

The First Lady and Mrs. Abe moved leisurely down the hall to shake hands with students, occasionally bending down to meet the children eye to eye.

One student near the print pool watched the first lady walk closer down the hall and exclaimed "I can see her dress!"

Print pool was then moved to a 6th grade Japanese immersion classroom led by teacher Akiko Bentz. After waiting a moment the First Lady and Mrs. Abe entered at 10:42 a.m.

As she walked in the students said "Konichiwa" and Mrs. Obama replied "Hi."

The students in immersion classes at Great Falls learn science, math and health in Japanese. The children took turns giving a presentation in Japanese and English on water molecules Mr. Puddle and Miss Aqua, on a series posters about the planets and on Koinobori, traditional Japanese streamers depicting carp.

As print pool left the room at approximately 10:52, First Lady thanked the students and said "That was great," and asked the children to talk about the Japanese immersion program.

Open press program featuring First Lady and Mrs. Abe began at 10:55.

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