By Kathy Chouteau
New details have emerged regarding the Michelle Obama School’s Virtual Grand Opening, which is set for 11-11:30 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 29 on Facebook Live at @MichelleObamaSchool.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) has announced that the 30-minute event will feature presentations from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Contra Costa County District 1 Supervisor John Gioia, the WCCUSD School Board, district Superintendent Matthew Duffy and other community leaders. Michelle Obama School students will also be highlighted during the Virtual Grand Opening.
The live online event will also take time to showcase the new facilities and space that was specially designed to eliminate learning barriers and to encourage collaboration. Per the WCCUSD, the new school’s large public plaza, community room, library and flexible learning spaces will be revealed online Thursday.
“The Michelle Obama School Grand Opening marks a historical turning point for the way our society views and experiences education,” said Principal Claudia Velez. “The children in our community will be at the center of deeper learning opportunities that are driven by their own interests and passions in an environment that will be flexibly tailored to their needs.”
The Michelle Obama School is located at 629 42nd St. in Richmond, the site of the former Woodrow Wilson Elementary. In February of this year, the WCCUSD School Board unanimously voted to “remake the school in namesake and design to represent progress, innovation and equitable values demonstrated in the community,” per the school district.
Learn more about the new school here.