Photo credits: Chuck Kennedy
This past Tuesday (February 28th), former first lady Michelle Obama made an unexpected visit to Ballou STAY High School in Washington D.C.
Mrs. Obama still lives in the nation’s capital and surprised a group of 14 students when she made her appearance earlier this week at the D.C. high school. “When [Mrs. Obama] walked into a [classroom inside Ballou STAY High School], the stunned students erupted in tears,” wrote Perry Stein, a reporter for the Washington Post.
“One student even darted out of the classroom to regain her composure before she could sit next to her,” Stein also wrote in her Friday (March 3rd) news article.
When Mrs.Obama entered the classroom, she gave each of the students she came to visit a hug. When she sat down in her chair, which was one of the seats available arranged in a circular formation in the middle of the classroom, Mrs. Obama started interacting with the students.
She talked to them for approximately two hours and raised eyebrows with personal stories about some of her life struggles and what she had to do to overcome her some of her obstacles, such as homelessness. The students who listened to Mrs. Obama during her visit have struggles of their own as well.
It was definitely inspiring for those students to see one of the most important women in the world tell her story as they are dealing with their current adversities. “[Ballou STAY principal Cara Fuller] said the students ranged in age from 16 to 23,” Stein wrote.
“Four have children, some live in shelters, and others had been expelled from previous schools,” she continued.
“I think she really just wanted a school and a group of students who are typically counted out to know that they themselves are amazing and wonderful and have the talents that they need to be successful,” Fuller told the Washington Post.
Caroline Adler Morales, a spokeswoman for the former first lady, also wrote about her colleague’s experience at the D.C. high school in an email sent to the Washington Post. ““Mrs. Obama had an emotional and heartfelt discussion with the students,” Adler Morales wrote.
“There were tears, laughs and lots of hugs,” she continued.