CHARLESTON, W.Va. — First lady Jill Biden and actress Jennifer Garner are set to visit West Virginia on Thursday.
Biden’s office announced Tuesday that the pair will tour Arnoldsburg Elementary School in Clay County and visit a COVID-19 vaccination center at Capital High School in Charleston.
Biden will arrive and depart from Yeager Airport in Charleston, her office said in a statement. There she will visit with West Virginia National Guard members and their families.
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Mark Shriver, Jennifer Garner and Bob Casey discuss early childhood education and improved access to child care at the Capitol Visitor's Center on June 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Leigh Vogel, Getty Images)
This is not the first time Biden and Garner have met. Ahead of the 2020 election in October, Garner hosted a virtual conversation with Biden to discuss her priorities for the country and her plans should President Joe Biden, then a candidate, win the 2020 presidential election.
Garner assured Biden that “moms are gonna put you in the White House.” Fast forward seven months and Biden is now the first lady.
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Jennifer Garner reads a book with her mother Pat to a group of Head Start children to help launch the 2009 State of the World's Mothers Report at the Rosemount Center on May 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Kris Connor, Getty Images)
Garner, who grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, previously testified before Congress on behalf of the child advocacy group, Save the Children, in support of education programs for preschoolers in poverty. The mother of three has been a member of the organization’s board of trustees since 2014.
In 2017, the actress testified on Capitol Hill and recalled growing up in West Virginia around children in poverty, telling lawmakers that she “couldn’t stand up for them back then, but I can stand up for their families now.”
Garner said by investing in early childhood education programs like Head Start, “we can intervene in these children’s lives in time to make a difference.”
In 2016, Garner addressed the Kentucky legislature with Save the Children Action Network President Mark Shriver to celebrate the impact of Save the Children’s early childhood and literacy programs in the state.
Garner shares daughters Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and son Samuel, 9, with ex-husband Ben Affleck.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Jenna Ryu
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