Put it on the board!
After numerous discussions and meetings, the West Contra Costa School Board has finally approved to rename Richmond’s Woodrow Wilson Elementary to Michelle Obama Elementary!
The East Bay school will be the first school in Northern California to be named after the former FLOTUS. It will be the second in the state. Panorama City in Southern California, opened up their Michelle Obama Elementary in 2012.
“The parents and students advocated to rename their school after Michelle Obama because they believe the values our former First Lady embodies and the educational, child-centered causes she champions, are representative of what we all aspire to nurture in our school communities,” School board President Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis said. “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.”
PTA President Maisha Cole spearheaded the proposed name change with a letter she wrote to the board late last year.
“We wanted to choose someone on a global level,” Cole said. “With a new school and new learning environment, we want our children to think beyond Richmond, to think beyond California, and remind them that they can make a difference locally and globally.”
The school is being reconstructed and is set to be reopened this Fall, just in time for the 2020-21 school year.