A group of Stuchbery Elementary fourth-graders were treated to a surprise visit from George H.W. Bush at his Presidential Library and Museum as part their annual school trip to College Station.
As the students waited for their guided tour to begin, the former President was wheeled into the room by one of his aides.
“We didn’t know that he was there,” said Stuchbery fourth grader Abigail Panza. “Everyone was telling us ‘That’s George H.W. Bush!’ and were so surprised and excited to see him.”
The Pasadena ISD students were then given the chance to share their favorite Christmas carol, Jingle Bells, with the president. After the song was over the children were given the opportunity to take a photo with him.
"When we thanked him, the aide said 'I think he enjoyed it more than you all did,’" Stuchbery fourth grade teacher Kayla Ogden said. "That can't possibly be true, but we were honored."
One student, class president Mia Gloria, almost missed the trip because of a knee injury. She was able to join the group by using a wheelchair during the visit and later posed next to the president during a group photo.
"The staff were as excited as we were. One person said he's been there seven years and has never seen him," Stuchbery assistant principal Kristen Wallis said. "It just really showed the students that while he is the former president of the United States, he's also a man, and he's a man from our very own home town. It shows that maybe they, too, can grow up to be the president of the United States."
About 130 fourth-graders from Stuchbery Elementary were at the museum to learn about the former president, as well as White House Christmas traditions. Half the students participated in a craft, while the other half waited in the rotunda and had the pleasure of meeting the former president.
Ogden was able to capture a video of the impromptu performance: