BPS student on new VP Harris: ‘She looks like me’

BOSTON — Getting a moment away from online learning for public school students in Boston is welcome, however, it arrives.

The inauguration of Joseph Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president has a special meaning for students speaking with Boston 25 News at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.

“She looks like me,” said seven-year-old Isabella Diaz, a first-grader from Dorchester who drew a picture of the White House on Inauguration Day.

Harris made history Wednesday as the first woman and to be sworn-in as vice president.

These Boston Public Schools students were given a brief reprieve from lessons to watch some of the coverage of the inauguration from their learning pod inside the club.

“I’m really excited that Kamala’s going to be in the office not only as a woman but as a Black woman, too,” said Fatoumata Balde, a 6th grader.

Balde has some political aspirations of her own that came well before January 20, she told Boston Mayor Marty Walsh last year that she will run for United States Senate and eventually, president when she’s older. Harris’ swearing-in adds some additional motivation, Balde said.

“For them to just be able to see it and actually live in this moment it’s actually unimaginable,” said Jocelyn Sammy, a former Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester member who now oversees learning hubs at the club.

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