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?

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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.

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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.

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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.”



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