Ky. artist to help decorate White House

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kate Bateman can add a huge checkmark to her bucket list.

The retired Hardin County Schools art teacher has been selected as a volunteer to decorate the White House for Christmas.

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Bateman was conditionally accepted to participate pending the outcome of a background check. At that time, she was urged not to publicly share the news.

Last week, she officially was accepted and now can talk about it.

Bateman leaves Thanksgiving Day and has her first meeting with White House officials that evening. Volunteers will work for four days and conclude with a White House reception and a full tour to see the president’s home in on Dec. 3.

Although the trip is self-funded, she said she may make it an annual tradition.


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