Not every kid can make it to Washington, D.C., to see the nation's capital firsthand. Whether it be geographically difficult or too expensive, many American students miss out on the chance to check out the POTUS digs and the city in which he lives. But thanks to a virtual field trip, children across the nation are able to connect with the commander-in-chief.
This Thursday, President Barack Obama is spreading a nationwide message on the importance of reading in the
latest installment of Discovery Education's "Of the People: Live from the White House" virtual field trip series. The event is titled "Read to Discover a World of Infinite Possibilities." It's being broadcast live from Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., and is going to focus on improving literacy, expanding digital learning, and increasing efforts to make books and libraries more accessible to children nationwide.
Part of this week's program features a sixth grader who will interview President Obama about his favorite books and love of reading.
The purpose of the "Of the People: Live From the White House" series is to take students behind the scenes to learn about the people, places and issues that matter in the world around them. To register for this event or submit questions for President Obama to answer during the webinar, please click here.
To date, participating students have experienced an inside look at the art and history of the White House with curator William Allman; a 21st-century digital classroom with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; the Let's Move! initiative and cooking lesson with Sam Kass; a cultural exchange featuring First Lady Michelle Obama in China; and Constitution Day with the archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero. Each virtual field trip session is supported with digital video and other learning resources to encourage and enhance student engagement.