Jill Biden, Kate Middleton visit UK classroom, with early childhood education in focus
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First lady Jill Biden joined Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in the U.K. on Friday, visiting a classroom of young children before they were set to take part in a roundtable discussion of the importance of early childhood education.
Middleton, wearing a fuchsia dress, arrived to the school first, and greeted Dr. Biden, who wore a white dress and a bright pink blazer. The two chatted together as they walked toward the school.
Head of School Janice Eddy spoke to the reporters Friday, saying the academy is a "trauma informed school," meaning they work with students who have experienced trauma in their lives. The school has a waiting list, and is state funded.
"Those animals are very much about supporting the children just to be in touch with the animals to understand empathy, to learn to care for them, to nurture the animals," Eddy told reporters. "So weve got two families of rescued rabbits, and that children care for all children have access to, to the rabbits, and we also have battery hens."
"They are quite aware of whos coming," Eddy told reporters. "And obviously incredibly excited in the way that a four or five year old can be. Perhaps not completely understanding."
Middleton and Biden will take part in activities with the children, including showing them how they can help care for the rescued bunnies in the outdoor classrooms.
"Its very important to the foundation," Biden said Friday. "As a teacher at the upper levels if they dont have a good foundation they fall so far behind."
Britains Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / various sources / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images) (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images))