First Lady Sparks Frenzy At London All-Girls School
April 02, 2009 11:57 AM
ABC News' Yunji de Nies and Karen Travers report:
Who caused all the shrieking at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language School in London today?
A surprise visit from English soccer star David Beckham? Pop boy band, the Jonas Brothers?
No, that was First Lady Michelle Obama sparking a frenzy at the all-girls school, where she spoke about the importance of education, explained why being smart is cool and even shared a little girl talk about her courtship with her husband, President Obama.
The school’s focus is teaching English as a primary language to underprivileged students in an impoverished area of London. It is named for the first female doctor in the United Kingdom and its buildings are named after famous women, including a Frida Kahlo arts building and an Emily Bronte building for English studies.
"This school is incredible and you should be very proud,” the first lady said.
As she has done with school students in Washington D.C., the first lady talked about her own experience growing up in a working-class Chicago neighborhood and the influence her family had on her upbringing.
"I am an example of what's possible when girls are loved and nurtured by the women around them,” she said.
Mrs. Obama emphasized the power of an education and said she was standing there today because of her education.
“By getting a good education you too can create your own destiny. I never cut class. I like being smart. I thought being smart was the coolest thing in the world,” she said. “You are the women that will build the world as it should be and that's why a good education is so important.”
The first lady appeared to get choked up when she told the students, “All of you are jewels you are precious and you touch my heart.”
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Michelle Obama's Visit to the All-Girls' School (BBC)
The First Lady's Visit to the All Girl's School (MSNBC)