For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Education has teamed with the White House to offer 3,000 tickets to D.C. metro area school children and family members to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 25. Of the 3,000 tickets being distributed to eight school districts across the Washington area, 1,200 of them have been specifically set aside for students enrolled in the District of Columbia’s public schools.
“We are thrilled that the DCPS community is invited to share in this exciting opportunity again this year,” said Acting D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. “We appreciate opportunities to reward our students for their achievement, hard work and commitment to health and fitness, and both the U.S Department of Education and The White House continue to be important partners.”
Students from the Washington area have had a special relationship with the White House Easter Egg Roll for generations. In the early 1800s, local children rolled eggs on the Capitol Steps the day after Easter. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes invited D.C. area children to roll their Easter eggs on the White House lawn and a tradition was born, growing into the national event that it is today.
This year, the President and First Lady will again open the South Lawn for children 12 years and younger and their families. Activities at this year’s event include cooking stations, storytelling, sports, live entertainment, and the tradition that started it all, Easter egg rolling. The 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme “Get Up and Go!” All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives, which is a central part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.
The Easter Egg Roll is the largest public event held at the White House with nearly over 30,000 visitors from across the county. For more information visit the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll page.
Todd May, Office of Communications and Outreach