In a bold move, a Northern California elementary school will be the second in the state to be named after the former First Lady.
The Bay Area school district voted Wednesday to change the name of a local elementary school to honor former First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Wilson Elementary School in Richmond will be renamed to Michelle Obama Elementary School, as voted unanimously by board of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Obama is well known for her passion and work in supporting educational and child health programs, and she is a role model for many little children and adults alike.
Board President Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis said in a statement that the school aims to serve its students with the “same kind of love, advocacy, and courage that [Obama] served our country.”
The former Wilson Elementary School is the first school in Northern California to be named in Michelle Obama’s honor. The first was a school located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Panorama City.
Currently, Wilson Elementary is closed for reconstruction and has temporarily relocated to a campus in El Cerrito. The school is expected to open in time for the 2020-21 school year bearing the name change and housing new state-of-the-art technology and facilities.