Giving Compass' Take:

· According to Ryan Hagen at The Press-Enterprise, students from Riverside's Norte Vista High School have gained attention from former first lady Michelle Obama after being inspired by her "Reach Higher" initiative. 

· What are some other ways to encourage students to pursue college or career training after high school? 

· Read more about Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative and how it brought attention to the importance of school counselors


Michelle Obama said to reach higher. So Norte Vista High School in Riverside is reaching for a visit from the former first lady.

Inspired by Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative, which encourages students to attend college or professional training after high school, students and staff members at the school have launched a focused effort to get her to speak on campus.

Obama hasn’t indicated whether she might come. But as she tours the country to promote her memoir, “Becoming,” she’s already given some personal attention to Norte Vista.

“I know how much effort and energy all of you students are putting into the college process, and I know how high you’re reaching every day,” Obama said in a video message to Riverside County students announcing they would get tickets to her book tour in Los Angeles.

When the Riverside County Office of Education tweeted its appreciation, showing Norte Vista students reacting to the message, Obama repeated the message to her 12 million Twitter followers.

Read the full article about Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative by Ryan Hagen at The Press-Enterprise.