“This name was selected by the school-site council because Michelle Obama supports active living and eating healthy, and the school models itself on that,” said one board member, referencing Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Another member asked that the school include a garden to honor her efforts.
The school opened last August and is currently called Valley Region Elementary School No. 13.
There are already a handful of schools named after President Obama, in Maryland, Missouri, and New York, among others, some of them renamed after he was elected president in 2008.