THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT UNVEILS NEW WHITE HOUSE INTERNET SERVICE FOR KIDS Says Effort Underway to Connect California Schools to the Worldwide Internet
SAN CARLOS, CA -- Reinforcing the Administration's commitment to providing America's school children with state-of-the-art learning tools, Vice President Al Gore today (1/19) unveiled a new White House service on the Internet World Wide Web geared specifically to elementary school students.
"In order for us to ensure that all our children have their shot at the American dream, we need to empower them with the technological literacy they'll need to succeed in a new and ever-changing information economy," said Vice President Gore, who met with students, parents and teachers at Arundel Elementary School in San Carlos, California. "As part of the federal government's effort to help meet this challenge, I am announcing today the first-of-its-kind online site for children who want to learn about the federal government."
Welcome to the White House for Kids, a new World Wide Web site on the Internet for elementary school children, allows students to quickly and easily access information about the federal government including the history of the White House and other children and pets who have lived there. It also provides a section where children can learn about basic economic issues such as the deficit and banking.
"Welcome to the White House for Kids is a great way to explore the Internet, expand learning and provide feedback directly to elected representatives," said Vice President Gore as he demonstrated the new site with several Arundel students. "We need to make sure that all schools in California have the technological capability to access this type of information by connecting them to the Internet and to each other."
Arundel is one of two schools already connected to the Internet information superhighway as part of a private-sector initiative announced by President Clinton and Vice President Gore in September. That initiative calls for connecting one-fifth of California's schools to the Internet and to each other by the end of this school year. On March 9, the state will kick off NetDay96, a volunteer effort by California companies, schools, parents, engineers and students to connect other schools to the network. Vice President Gore has called on all Californians to help make the goal of connecting the state's classrooms to the information superhighway a reality.
White House for Kids is reached through the main Welcome to the White House World Wide Web site at www.whitehouse.gov. Children who click on the White House for Kids icon will be greeted by Socks, the First Family's cat. Socks can lead children on a virtual tour of the White House, how it was built, and the children and pets who have lived at the White House. Children are encouraged to send electronic mail to the President, Vice President, and First Lady directly from White House for Kids.
Backgrounder 1: Welcome to the White House Backgrounder 2: Welcome to the White House for Kids
Welcome to the White House
Since the Vice President unveiled Welcome to the White House: An Interactive Citizens' Handbook in October 1994, the service has logged five million electronic visitors. Some 200,000 have signed the electronic guestbook for the White House, and the service is one of the most popular World Wide Web sites on the Internet. Welcome to the White House has been updated with the first major modifications since the service was created. It provides better and more complete information on the White House and federal agencies, and makes the information easier to find and to access.
Welcome to the White House now includes:
Welcome to the White House for Kids
Welcome to the White House for Kids is a new service of the expanded Welcome to the White House Web site. It was unveiled for the first time on January 19, 1996 by Vice President Al Gore in a visit with students, parents, and teachers at Arundel Elementary School in San Carlos, California.
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