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12/11/2017

The journey of being teacher of the year has been one that never ceases to inspire me. Last Wednesday was no exception to this rule. Each teacher of the year for their respective county, along with three Maryland State Department of Education representatives, attended tour of the White House. The White House is known as the “People’s House”- and it truly did feel this way. While politics can often serve as a point of contention, especially more so lately, there were no heated debates, no talk of which side of the political fence you stand on during this visit. Instead, the self-guided tour served as a true celebration of our rich American history and the high level of perseverance that American have had through the most difficult of times. The White House had a rich history of struggles and rebuilds. Here are a few items that I learned during my visit:
 
  • There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels to accommodate all the people who live in, work in, and visit the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
  • The White House has six floors—two basements, two public floors, and two floors for the First Family.
  • At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
  • The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day.
  • With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d'oeuvres to more than 1,000.
  • The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.
  • For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, a jogging track, a swimming pool, a movie theater, a billiard room, and a bowling lane.
And the final fun fact near and dear to my heart (being a special educator)…
  • FDR’s physical limitations forever changed the White House. 
    The original builders never considered the possibility of a president with physical limitations, so when he was elected it had to be outfitted appropriately with ramps and elevators to accommodate a wheelchair. He also added a heated indoor pool to help with his therapy.