MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — First Lady Jill Biden will be traveling to Connecticut next week. The first lady will be in Meriden on Wednesday, March 3, her office announced Thursday.
Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati released a statement Friday, saying, “On behalf of the City of Meriden, we are thrilled to host First Lady Jill Biden on Wednesday, March 3rd. We are honored in welcoming Dr. Biden into our diverse and inclusive community. We look forward to her visit!”
The city has yet to be officially notified of the First Lady’s visit, or even what it’s about.
“We found out about this from a tweet from the First Lady’s account. It had two sentences, saying the First Lady Biden will be in Meriden on Wednesday,” he continued. “We speculated that the reason for her visit is Dr. Miguel Cardona, obviously being Meriden homegrown growing up here in our city.”
Principal Jennifer Kelly Runs the Hanover elementary school, the same school where Dr. Miguel Cardona worked. Cardona is scheduled to be sworn in as President Biden‘s Education Commissioner next week, He hired Kelly as his Vice Principal and left a lasting impression.
“He is just so great with the kids and education and including everybody. it’s just such an exciting time, the teachers are all excited the families are all excited because he’s always such a relationship person,” Kelley says.
Dr. Biden’s visit here to Meriden is a whole bunch of firsts. She is the first First Lady to ever visit Meriden, and Dr. Cardona was the youngest principal ever at Hanover Elementary School. The last time they had a president visit Meriden more than 70 years ago with President Roosevelt. So they say this time they’re going to make it count.
“Meriden is a very collaborative place where everyone works together, and everyone has a say and it really is a good team effort,” Kelley adds.
Mayor Kevin Scarpati says, “To be an inclusive creative and really 21st Century model school district, it is something that we are hopefully going to show.”