Michelle Obama has left her mark on the nation’s education system in more ways than one.
Members of the board of education at the West Contra Costa Unified School District in Richmond, California, recently unanimously voted to change the name of one the district’s elementary schools to honor the former first lady.
The new namesake will go into effect when a new facility opens for the elementary school in the 2020-2021 school year.
“Naming this school after Michelle Obama is a sign of the school’s rebirth,” Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis, board president, said in a news release. “We can see the new physical structure being built, but this name change sets high expectations for the students and staff as they enter a new era for this school and this school community.”
Hernandez-Jarvis said parents and students pushed for the renaming, saying Obama’s values align with the school’s mission.
“She is a role model for our children and we strive to serve our students with the same kind of love, advocacy and courage that she served our country,” Hernandez-Jarvis said.
This will be the second school in California to rename itself after Obama, 56, after the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Michelle Obama Elementary in …read more