TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - It didn't take long for Indiana's First Lady to make her first official visit to the Wabash Valley.
Karen Pence says all of our Indiana counties can expect a visit from her between now and the State's bicentennial.
Superintendent Danny Tanoos welcomed Pence during her morning visit to Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, and Franklin was buzzing with anticipation of her visit.
"Truth be told, I do this so I can get into the classroom a couple of times a week," joked Pence.
All kidding aside, the former educator says schools from across the state can expect visits from her during the next four years.
If she seemed especially comfortable in the art room, that's because Pence taught art in the Columbus area.
"It was pretty neat to see the kids making flowers out of clay that they're then going to glaze," Pence noted.
Pence also pointed out how great it was to see art work from entire classes adorning the walls of the elementary.
While she won't talk policy on her visits, she showed that she'll be a strong advocate of keeping the arts in Hoosier schools.
She volunteers with Riley Hospital's art therapy program and sees first hand how kids express themselves through art.
"If you take that concept and just put it in the classroom, you can see how much it helps the kids have an area where they can go in and really express themselves where they don't have to be verbal," said Pence.
Pence is also Indiana's ambassador for the state's bicentennial coming up in 2016.
She says this will bring her to every Hoosier county in the state.
So expect to see a lot of Karen Pence in the future.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence, asked the Vigo County School Corporation if she could visit Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.
Indiana's First Lady, a former art teacher, visited the school's art class and preschool on Tuesday. While she has not officially announced her platform, she said the education of Hoosier children is very important to her.
First Lady Pence also told News 10 that she is an ambassador for Indiana's upcoming Bicentennial celebration in 2016.
She says to expect more visits to the Wabash Valley in the future.
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