First Lady selects four Milwaukee schools

Posted at 8:06 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 21:13:50-04

Milwaukee's getting some love from The White House. The First Lady named four Milwaukee Schools as "Turnaround Arts" Schools.

The distinction brings celebrity mentors to the school and provides training for teachers to incorporate the arts into their daily lessons- no matter the subject.

Superintendent Darrienne Driver said she fondly recalls her enthusiasm for music, which is why she's thrilled this opportunity has opened up for Milwaukee students.

"It gives you a reason to run to school every day," she said.

Students agree, their extracurricular activities provide motivation to stay focused.

"Music helps me concentrate in other classes," said Jayla McCorkle.

Jayson Bolton tap dances at his school.

"I think of that so I can get really focused on my math and reading," he said.

Michelle Obama said at the White House Wednesday "kids who get involved in the arts have better grades, they have fewer behavioral problems."

She noted some schools already in the program have turned test scores and performance around in just two years. That ability to transform schools is where "turnaround" in the Turnaround Arts program comes from.