National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning gave President Trump letters from her refugee students during a private meeting with him on Wednesday.
The Seattle Times wrote the teacher from Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, handed the president a manila envelope labeled “Dear Mr. President.” The letters touch on what immigrating to the United States means to them, the Associated Press reports.
Manning told the AP some letters explained the importance of the U.S.’s place as a role model and that powerful people should “speak respectfully” about immigrants.
The president said he was “excited” to read the letters and asked an aide to put them on his desk, Manning told CNN.
President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos honored Manning during a Wednesday ceremony in the White House East Room.
The Council of Chief States School Officers, an organization of public education officials, announced Manning as the 2018 teacher of the year in April. Manning, an 18-year teaching veteran, teaches English to immigrants and refugees who have gone through trauma at Ferris High’s Newcomer Center.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Sean Rossman