Jill Biden has students design Valentine’s Day hearts as White House decorations

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First lady Jill Biden had Washington, D.C., elementary school students design Valentine’s Day decorations for the White House, the first lady’s office announced on Monday. 

Second graders from Aiton Elementary School in the city’s northeast created the hearts, which are being deemed “heart-work,” that are now hanging in the East Wing. Their teacher, Alejandro Diasgranados, won D.C.’s 2021 Teacher of the Year award.

The first lady’s office provided the class with instructions for the design, which asked the students to use words like “love,” “peace,” “kindness” and “unity” as a guide for their designs. The 42 hearts were then strung together and are hanging in a window.

The class is touring the White House on Monday to see their work.

The first lady’s team created another installation for the White House Valentine’s Day decoration — a wooden cut-out of Commander, the White House dog, and Willow, the White House cat. 

A giant heart sits between the two first pets on the North Lawn, which is inscribed with a Bible verse that reads, “Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love.” 

“Willow and Commander spreading the love on the north lawn,” Biden’s spokesperson Michael LaRosa said, sharing a photograph on Monday. 

In 2021, for Biden’s first Valentine’s Day in the White House, she decorated the North Lawn with three giant hearts that read “hope,” “unity” and “love.”

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