White House Honors: The publisher Scholastic Inc. is giving front-page treatment to the 200th "birthday" of the White House, which will occur Nov. 1.
In the October issues of several of the student-oriented magazines it prints, Scholastic is offering its young readers the inside scoop on the home of the nation's presidents.
"It is a perfect opportunity to talk about U.S. history," said Aimee Spengler, a spokeswoman for the New York-based company.
Though construction was not yet complete, John Adams moved into the presidential mansion on Nov. 1, 1800. The rest, as they say, is history.
Scholastic teamed up with the nonprofit White House Historical Association to produce stories for Scholastic News, which is distributed to students in grades 1-6; Junior Scholastic, a publication aimed at students in 7th and 8th grades; and New York Times Upfront, for high school students.
Scholastic and the historical society also produced a White House commemorative poster, which includes facts about some of the home's famous residents and significant events that have occurred there.
Scholastic also plans to send a student reporter to the White House to cover the official birthday celebration.
In addition, Scholastic is offering students a chance to win a trip to Washington.
Students in grades 1-3 will compete by writing birthday greetings for the White House; students in grades 4-6 are invited to write new verses for "Yankee Doodle"; and students in grades 7-12 must write an essay on their wishes for the future of the White House.
The contest deadline is Dec. 1.
—Michelle Galley [email protected].
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