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Jill Biden, Education Secretary Cardona Visit Meriden Public Schools

First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visit a classroom as they tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Meriden, Ct.
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First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visit a classroom as they tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Meriden, Ct.

First Lady Jill Biden and newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited on Wednesday an elementary school in Meriden, Connecticut. The Biden administration said the visit is meant to see how schools are preparing to safely reopen.

“Teachers are doing such a great job in meeting the kids where they are, whether that’s in-school, whether it’s at home. I think what the teachers have done this year to help America’s children has just been incredible," Biden said. "So thank you.”
 
Cardona was an elementary teacher in Meriden and the state’s Education Commissioner before President Biden nominated him Secretary of Education. He had a hopeful message after the visit.

“For all the hardship and all the heartache this year, I believe that we will return and we will be better than ever. The American public education system and school system will be better off than ever before, and we can do that when we recover,” Cardona said.

As of Monday, teachers in Connecticut can receive vaccinations under the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.