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Queen visits construction site in Southeast Washington

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Queen Silvia of Sweden was at a construction site in Southeast Washington on Thursday to support the U.S. chapter of her international mentoring foundation.

Queen Silvia's Mentor Foundation is an international organization that focuses on preventing drug abuse and promoting health and well being among children and youth.

"It's an honor to have Her Majesty Queen Silvia here today to really highlight the importance of corporations and schools working together," said Mentor Foundation USA Program Direction Jamila Sams. "Her presence here really helps take our presence to another level so that more companies and corporations can really understand the power of making sure our young people are exposed to various careers and have mentors in those careers to really guide them along the way."

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and employees of Skanska USA, the project development and construction group tasked with the 11th Street bridge project, joined the queen. Students from Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in Northeast who have been involved with the bridge project through Mentor USA's "Authentic Career Experience" program were also there.

"The connections between the business sector and young students are crucial for helping to build a healthy and prosperous society," Queen Silvia said.

The queen, along with her daughter, Princess Madeleine, were scheduled to attend the International Gala for the Mentor Foundation on Thursday evening at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown.

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