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Free Program for Washington, DC, Area High School Students

Wed, 02/25/2009

For Immediate Release
February 25, 2009

Media Contact:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

Free Program for Washington, DC, Area High School Students

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Historic Mount Vernon invites high school juniors and seniors who serve their schools or communities in a civic, service, sports, or other leadership capacity to participate in the fifth annual “George Washington Student Leadership Program” on April 14. This free program is designed to discuss the character and contributions of our nation’s first president. Area high schools may select up to three student leaders to participate in the program. Nominations are accepted until April 7 and should be sent to  One teacher sponsor from each participating school will receive a stipend of $100. This program is sponsored by the Ammerman Family and Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens.

The “George Washington Student Leadership Program” will explore how Washington’s legacy of character and civic responsibility remain relevant in the world today. While at Mount Vernon, participating students will receive a special private evening tour of the Mansion, participate in a History Bee, dine at the Mount Vernon Food Court Pavilion, and receive student certificates. Speakers for the program include Dr. Peter Henriques, author of “Realistic Visionary: Essays on the Life and Character of George Washington” and Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs, Marriott International, Inc., and former anchor of ABC 7 News.

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Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

Public Information:
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About Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America.  Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”  Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853.  A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.

Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.