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Racing Presidents surprise Arlington students who dressed as Nats’ mascots for Halloween

George, Tom, Abe and Teddy visited Abingdon Elementary School on Nov. 6, where several students dressed as the Racing Presidents for Halloween. (Video: The Washington Nationals)

Screech and the Nationals’ Racing Presidents paid a surprise visit to Abingdon Elementary School in Arlington on Monday to recognize the students and Arlington Little Leaguers who dressed as their miniature doppelgangers for Halloween. reports the Nationals invited the Little Presidents to race the real Racing Presidents at a game next season and handed out swag, as well as tickets to next month’s Winterfest event, during the schoolwide gathering in the Abingdon gymnasium. The Nationals also presented Abingdon parent Catherine Ladd, who spent parts of five weeks creating the elaborate papier-mache costumes, with a signed Bryce Harper jersey.

“It required the coordination of other parents … and taking over her first floor for over a month with the multiple figures in various stages of the design process,” Ladd told ARLnow.

The Little Presidents include the Rushmores (George, Tom, Abe and Teddy) and “Herbie” Hoover and “Bill” Taft. The Nationals’ own Herbie and Bill have been retired to the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, along with Racing President Coolidge. The Little Presidents, and Little Screech, apparently got some practice running the bases during a Little League game last Friday.

Just look at these awesome costumes:

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