Franklin youth share great opporunity

Published 9:46 am Saturday, August 7, 2010

What an opportunity for the five Franklin youth who got an up-close-and-personal tour of the White House on Tuesday.

Quache Taylor, Kayla Grant, Demetre King, Christopher Eley and Tavin Boone can thank Jenny Reavis, who works for the FBI in the Situation Room at the White House. Reavis is the daughter of Beth Reavis, director of social services for the City of Franklin.

The students can also thank Frank Davis, director of Franklin Parks and Recreation, who chaperoned the trip as part of the Summer Super Jam Kids Program sponsored by his department and the Boys & Girls Club in Franklin.

Public tours of the White House are available, but what one sees is very restricted. In addition, anyone who wants to take a self-guided tour must submit a request through their congressman up to six months in advance and no less than 30 days in advance.

These Franklin youth spent nearly two hours in the White House, visiting the Oval Office, the Rose Garden and the Situation Room. The latter is a conference room and intelligence management center in the basement of the West Wing. Everyone took a turn sitting in President Obama’s chair in the Situation Room. They got to play president, even if it was for less than a minute.

We’re sure Tuesday will be a day for all of these teens to remember. It’s nice being so close to the nation’s capital to take advantage of what it has to offer. It’s also great that there are adults willing to share with our youth.