You must set your browser to enable Javascript in order to access certain functions of this site, including the purchase of tickets.

Portrait Program Testimonials

What has been the effect of Mount Vernon’s effort to restore the presence of our first president's portrait in the nation's schools? How do the portraits seem to have inspired students and sparked interest in history? This page provides an opportunity for schools to answer these questions for themselves. The following is only a small sampling of the many letters of thanks recently sent to Mount Vernon from schools that have received their free George Washington portraits. We would like to express our gratitude to these schools for taking the time to send us their notes and photos, which have helped sustain our effort to continue this free program. Please keep your letters coming!

We would like to thank you for the breathtaking portrait of President George Washington! We were amazed by the quality of the canvas and the framing. You have certainly given our school, and the other schools involved in the project, something of great value. We look forward to using the Celebration Kit in the years to come as we seek to teach our students about the character and courage of President Washington. He was, and still is today, a model of an American patriot.” ~ Oakwood School, Annandale, Va.

 “I would like to thank you for the handsome portrait of George Washington. We have hung it in the Media Center, where it is highly visible the moment one enters the Center, and in fact, where it dominates the room. Each child has certainly noticed the portrait and admired it. The students have been so excited and have begun requesting more information about George and his contemporaries. Again, thank you for sending George Washington to our school!” ~ Kaley Elementary, Orlando, Fla.  

 “I would like to say thank you for the wonderful portrait of President George Washington. Many of our students stop to look at it from time to time and it adds some character to our library. It really has helped in getting our students more motivated about United States history.” ~ Walled Lake Elementary, Walled Lake, Mich.

 “On behalf of our principal and our school, I want to thank you for the portrait of George Washington ... All our students use the library weekly and will see this portrait and be reminded about what is best about good leadership and strong personal values.” ~ Sun Valley School, San Rafael, Calif.

“I want to thank you sincerely for sending us the beautiful portrait of George Washington. My students were excited when I first showed him off. Nowadays, schools do not hang these remarkable portraits as they used to. George Washington is up on my classroom wall right in the center of my American history exhibit ... Thank you again.” ~ Silver Star Center, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, Fla.

“Thank you for the recent materials that you sent ... Rembrandt Peale's portrait of Washington will have an honored place in our school's hallway. We are excited that [our school] was included in the venture, and we will do our best to use the materials responsibly ... We wish you continued success as you work hard to preserve the heritage and prestige of this great man to whom all of us are indebted for the freedoms we enjoy today.” ~ Burlington Day School, Burlington, N.C.

“Thank you so much for the lovely painting of George Washington. We have it hanging in our Media Center, where every student and staff member comes and goes. Everyone comments on how beautiful the picture is. Thanks again.” ~ Lakeville Elementary, Apopka, Fla.

 “We just received our beautiful, full-size replica of Rembrandt Peale's portrait of George Washington. It is really fantastic and we certainly appreciate the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association for sending it to us. It will hang in a very prominent place in our school ... Please express my appreciation to the association for this wonderful gift to the children.” ~ Lowes Island Elementary, Sterling, Va.

“I just wanted you to know the framed image of George Washington arrived today and it far surpasses our expectations. We will hang it proudly in our main foyer.” ~ Washington Elementary School, Belvidere, Ill.

 “Thanks so much for the portrait! It looks wonderful in our school library. Attached is ... the article [about the portrait dedication ceremony] and picture that ran in our local newspaper … Thanks also for the flag – it was a great way to cover up and then unveil the portrait at our dedication ceremony. I also developed a handout for guests, plus students read some quotes and stories about Washington.” ~ Southington High School, Southington, Conn. 

“Washington Elementary School would like to thank Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens for your wonderful donation. We are very honored to be the namesake of such a great man and his portrait will hang proudly in our front office for everyone to see.” ~ Washington Elementary, Bellflower, Calif.

 “We would like to thank you for the George Washington Celebration Kit along with the portrait. Materials have already been used, and the portrait is currently being displayed in our high school media center ... Attached is a photo of the portrait along with students from my Street Law class who are now studying a document created in Washington’s time — the Constitution! Thanks again!” ~ New York Mills High School, New York Mills, Minn.