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First Lady, U.S. Education Secretary Visit With Students in New Haven

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First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona are visiting Connecticut on Wednesday.

They are visiting the state to kick off a tour to promote programs that help students learn this summer through funds from President Biden's American Rescue Plan.

The First Lady arrived at Tweed-New Haven Airport aboard Air Force Two just after 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Biden and Dr. Cardona kicked things off in New Haven at Albertus Magnus College, where there were a range of events including activities highlighting the English language, arts, swimming, social-emotional learning and STEM.

The goal of the tour is to highlight summer learning programs and the impact they bring to students especially with pandemic recovery.

Horizons, an organization that provides summer learning programs to children from historically marginalized communities said they couldn't be more thrilled and thankful for the resources and visit.

"Just a great way to highlight the effects of this American Rescue Plan funding. Without it, we would not have been able to serve these 46 kids in New Haven and several many other youth across the country. So that's the excitement for us is to be able to share that. And to show the Secretary and the First Lady how important this funding has been to organizations like ours," said CEO of Horizons National Lorna Smith.

Horizons has 74 sites across 20 states. Dr. Biden and Dr. Cardona are visiting at least two of the sites in Detroit and also in Athens, Georgia.

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