WASHINGTON – Sure, they had to miss a couple of classes. But it was worth it.
The Maynard family, from Chelmsford, Mass., traveled to Washington today for a presidential meeting in the Oval Office. They were greeted by President Obama, who was promoting a tax credit that has helped families send their children to college.
Obama also called on Congress to make the American Opportunity Tax Credit permanent. The credit, which provides $2,500 annually, was part of the stimulus bill that Obama signed last year and has been included in his 2011 budget proposal that has not yet been acted upon.
“We’ve got to make sure that in good times or bad, our families can invest in their children’s future and in the future of our country,” Obama said in the Rose Garden, with the Maynards and two other families standing behind him.
More than 12 million people used the tax credit last year, according to the Treasury Department.
The Maynards were one of those families, who used the credit to help put their twin 21-year-old daughters – Elizabeth and Katherine – and their son, Greg, through college. The family was chosen because Greg had responded to messages through his employer, Public Interest Research Group, looking for families that benefited from the credit.
They flew into Washington today, and planned to head back to Massachusetts tonight. They had several minutes with Obama in the White House and emerged beaming.
“I had to miss two classes,” said Elizabeth, who attends UMass Amherst. “They said it was ok, though.”
“When do you get to do something like this?” said Phil, the father.
“That,” said Katherine, who goes to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, "was wicked cool."
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