Contra Costa County School Renamed After Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who championed landmark healthy eating initiatives in schools, has just had an elementary school renamed in her honor.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to change the name of Wilson Elementary School in El Cerrito. It is now the second in the state and the first in Northern California to be named after Mrs. Obama. The request initially came from the school’s PTA.

A new building is currently being constructed  for the school, which serves 400 K-6 students.

“Naming this school after Michelle Obama is a sign of the school's rebirth,” Board President Stephanie Hernandez-Jarvis said in a press 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. 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. 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.”