Students from Bridge City Middle School of Bridge City, Texas visited Historic Mount Vernon on June 3rd and received a limited-edition portrait of George Washington during a special presentation at Washington ’s Mansion. The portrait, a framed 30”x36” copy of a painting by Rembrandt Peale, was presented by Mount Vernon as part of its George Washington Portrait of Leadership Program which puts the once-ubiquitous portraits of Washington back in schools.

“We have found that George Washington has disappeared from the classroom,” said Ann Bay , Director of Education at Mount Vernon . “Our goal is to give students at schools like Bridge City Middle School a tangible connection to Washington , and what better way to be reminded of his character and leadership than to gaze up at his portrait in an auditorium, library, or other space where students congregate.”

Accompanying the portrait is a George Washington Celebration Kit with lesson plans, a flag flown at Mount Vernon , a board game, and other tools for bringing George Washington back into the classroom.

As the historic home of George and Martha Washington, Mount Vernon hosts over 1 million visitors each year, including approximately 300,000 students. The restored Mansion and outbuildings, a working farm with animals, slave quarters and cabin, and reconstructed 18th-century innovations such as a functioning distillery and gristmill provide opportunities for students to learn about George Washington’s leadership in ways that directly correlate with national standards in history, government, and civics. A large, newly opened education center and museum take visitors through 23 galleries and theaters that reveal the real George Washington. The facility features interactive exhibits, original movies, an immersive “snow” experience, and over 700 artifacts.

The Bridge City Middle School students had the opportunity to participate in this special event at Mount Vernon as part of their recent WorldStrides educational program in Washington, D.C. WorldStrides has partnered with Mount Vernon to make this opportunity available to schools throughout the country. WorldStrides, an accredited travel school based in Charlottesville , Virginia , provides U.S. and international educational travel opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students. In addition to their Mount Vernon visit, the students also had the opportunity to experience and learn more about such sites as Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery .