Melania Trump and China’s first lady to visit local school Friday


While President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet Friday at Mar-a-Lago, first ladies Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan will “visit a local school,” the White House says.

Could that school be West Palm Beach’s Bak Middle School?

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: Presidential summit in Palm Beach

Bak Middle, a renowned public school that specializes in teaching the arts, is said to be quietly making preparations for VIP guests Friday morning, with officials securing the campus and staff members instructed that there can be no comings and goings from the campus for most of the morning.

Employees at the school have also been told that certain parts of the campus and parking lot are off limits Friday, and some students’ classroom assignments have been shuffled to accommodate the undisclosed visitors, The Palm Beach Post has learned.

» Three protesters arrested as Trump and Xi arrive in Palm Beach

A school district spokeswoman declined to comment on the preparations, and Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa did not respond to a request for comment.

But a visit to an arts school would be a fitting choice for the Chinese first lady, who is one of China’s most prominent singers.

As a student, she attended the China Conservatory of Music and went on to become a famous contemporary folk singer.

» PHOTO GALLERY: Trump and Xi visit Palm Beach

The Los Angeles Times noted that she is “best known in China for her many years as a soloist at the annual spring festival gala, belting folk songs in a warbly, nasal soprano.”

President Trump today issued a proclamation declaring Friday to be “Education and Sharing Day,” an acknowledgement of “the critical role of families, schools, and religious and other civic institutions in nurturing in our children.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Delray Beach Vice Mayor Jim Chard stepping down to run for mayor
Delray Beach Vice Mayor Jim Chard stepping down to run for mayor

DELRAY BEACH — Vice Mayor Jim Chard, elected in March to a three-year term, will step down from the city commission to run for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. Chard, a retired business executive, filed paperwork Monday to run for mayor in the March 2018 election. He will submit a letter of resignation...
Ocean Ridge police warn residents after rash of car burglaries
Ocean Ridge police warn residents after rash of car burglaries

Town police officers are urging residents to lock their cars and keep valuables out of sight after a series of car burglaries happened this past weekend. Also, a car was stolen, according to a statement from police released Monday.  The vehicles were left unlocked. In some cases, valuables, garage door remotes and vehicle keys were left inside...
NEW: Former Florida teacher accused of giving student STD
NEW: Former Florida teacher accused of giving student STD

A former teacher in Central Florida was arrested on Saturday after accused of having a sexual relationship with a student for months, police said.  Alex Palomino, 27, faces charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  On Oct. 9, the father of the 17-year-old victim told police about the relationship when...
12-year-old girl accused of setting 10-year-old brother on fire
12-year-old girl accused of setting 10-year-old brother on fire

Police arrested a 12-year-old Alabama girl over the weekend after authorities said she set her younger brother on fire, according to multiple reports. Dothan police told WTVY that family members took the girl’s 10-year-old brother to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center on Friday night with serious burns on his body. Police investigator...
Men accused of pouring insecticide in Walmart toy department
Men accused of pouring insecticide in Walmart toy department

Two men are accused of pouring insecticide in the children's toy department of a Tennessee Walmart over the weekend, according to authorities. Millington police said the incident happened Sunday.  The men were seen on video "vandalizing property and intentionally spilling insecticide chemicals in the children's toy department,"...
More Stories