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StoryCorps at the Children’s Inaugural Ball

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009.


On Sunday, January 18, StoryCorps Door-to-Door had the pleasure of recording stories for Every Child Matters at their first-ever Children’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC. This free, kid-friendly event gave children the chance to celebrate and welcome our new president, and featured live music, arts and crafts, interactive exhibits, play areas, and a story-time stage. Parents and children from all over the country were in attendance, including members of Congress with their families.

Michael Petit, Founder and President of Every Child Matters, kicked off the recording day in an interview with his daughter Nicole (pictured below). Michael talked about how his parents taught him to value education, hard work, and compassion. He was proud to be the first to attend college in his family, where learning about government and the effects of poverty in the U.S. led him to embrace politics as a vehicle for change. He founded Every Child Matters because, “if politicians aren’t friends of children, they shouldn’t hold office.” We’re glad to say everyone we met on Sunday was a friend to children, and we’re honored to help preserve and share their stories!

The Petits

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  • That’s a great idea to have a Children’s Inaugural Ball! And I agree with Mr. Petit’s statement about politicians being advocates for children. Great story!

    Comment from Andy on January 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm - Reply to this Comment
  • Kudos to this team for getting the children’s stories. Getting the children’s stories creates a balance. Like my dad used to say, “Naumiunahaa!” (way to go!)

    Comment from Doreen Simmonds on January 22, 2009 at 2:53 am - Reply to this Comment

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