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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits Utah school, vaccination center

Posted at 2:04 PM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-06 21:46:39-04

SALT LAKE CITY — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited a Salt Lake City school and vaccination center during a short visit Wednesday.

Dr. Biden's plane arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport shortly after 1:20 p.m. On the tarmac, Biden was greeted by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and his wife Abby, along with other dignitaries such as Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and Sen. Burgess Owens.

Following her arrival, Biden was driven via motorcade to Glendale Middle School where she was greeted by a large group of supporters who lined the roads hoping to catch a glimpse of the First Lady.

"It was exciting," said Kathy Stidham. "She waved at us! It was kind of hard to see because they have those blackout windows, but it was exciting."

"I mean, she just seems like such a down to earth person that cares about the United States, so I want to support her."

During her school visit, Biden met with students in two after-school programs, including a ukulele club that played a Twenty One Pilots song for Biden.

Before leaving the school, Biden spoke about the struggles of teachers during the pandemic, and how the work they've done over the last year can't be thanked with a simple gift.

"The best gift that we can give to show our appreciation for everything that you do does not come from a store. It's giving you what you need to be your best. It's investing in you to be your best," said Biden.

Following the school visit, Dr. Biden met briefly with community health workers at Jordan Park who’ve been on the front line during the pandemic, first with testing for COVID and now vaccinating.

After a short visit of just under three hours, Biden departed Salt Lake City around 4:15 p.m. on her way to Nevada.

Dr. Biden is spending the night in Las Vegas and will head to Colorado Thursday.