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First Lady Jill Biden Promises Help At Christa McAuliffe Elementary School

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WBZ-TV's Beth Germano reports.

Video Transcript

- The first lady visited New Hampshire today, and at times her visit was emotional.

- Dr. Jill Biden visited the Christa McAuliffe School to explain how the stimulus package will help schools. She was joined by McAuliffe's husband, who rarely speaks in public, but did speak with WBZ's Beth Germano.

JILL BIDEN: How are you?

- Show Dr. Biden our CMS welcome, everyone.

BETH GERMANO: It's the Help Is Here Tour that brought First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, a former teacher to Christa McAuliffe Elementary School in Concord, engaging students in person and on Zoom.

JILL BIDEN: Schools across the country can't fully reopen without help.

BETH GERMANO: That help is in the form of billions in stimulus money, some earmarked for schools like this one where 15% of students are still learning remotely.

KRIS GALLO: And we're very excited to look at full in-person learning. We're going to survey all our families.

BETH GERMANO: The visit was not only symbolic but poignant, as the first lady received the first commemorative coin honoring Christa McAuliffe for who the school is named and America's first teacher in space.

STEVE MCAULIFFE: She would insist that all teachers see and accept this new United States coin for what it actually is, a tribute to them, an expression of this nation's respect and gratitude for all they do. Her husband, US District Court Judge Steve McAuliffe reflected on her legacy, 35 years after the space shuttle Challenger tragically claimed her life and her six crewmates.

STEVE MCAULIFFE: She really embraced the role of representing her fellow classroom teachers. That's what motivated her. That's what she loved about that position, was to do a good job representing classroom teachers and I think she did.

BETH GERMANO: The first lady is focusing particularly on schools and promoting the newly signed American Rescue Plan, and for her m highlighting the school named for Christa McAuliffe as a fitting honor,

STEVE MCAULIFFE: Occasions like this are special. And they call for retelling the story, I think. And this school is special of course.

BETH GERMANO: And with the first lady putting the focus on helping teachers, students, and their families. In Concord, New Hampshire, Beth Germano, WBZ News.