Secretary of State Jesse White visits the Bedford Park Swanson Center with the Jesse White Tumblers. (Supplied photos)

Secretary of State Jesse White visits the Bedford Park Swanson Center with the Jesse White Tumblers. (Supplied photos)

Jesse White Tumblers visit Walker School

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By Carol McGowan

It was a fun afternoon at the Bedford Park Swanson Center recently when the Jesse White Tumblers performed for students of Walker School.

Secretary of State Jesse White, who is founder of the team, joined in the afternoon of activities on November 19.

Taylor Lupo, the media specialist for School District 104, said it was a great time for all.

“The Jesse White Tumblers came out Friday, November 19, and performed for the students at Walker School,” she said. “Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was there to speak with the students and encouraged them to strive for great things. We want to thank the Jesse White Tumblers and the Bedford Park Swanson Center for making this a great experience for our students.”

The Jesse White Tumblers were founded in 1959 to provide a positive alternative for inner-city kids. Participants must stay away from gangs, drugs, and alcohol. They must stay in school and maintain a minimum C average.

The team is comprised of male and female participants as young as 6.

According to their website, the team has seven units, and gives more than 1,500 performances each year at major sporting events, in the community, and at business and charity functions.

They have performed all of world, and has been featured in parades, commercials, TV shows and movies.

Walker School Principal, Amanda Deaton was pleased to have them visit the students.

“As we launch into fall break, all students enjoyed the performance from the Jesse White Tumblers,” she said.

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Walker School students look on as the Jesse White Tumblers perform.

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Secretary of State, Jesse White holds up a banner that one of his tumblers flies over.

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