While Michelle Obama is in Topeka on Friday, she will meet with 11 high school students from Topeka who participate in Wichita State University’s Kansas Kids Gear Up program as well as the executive director of the program, Corinne Nilsen.
Nilsen said she received a phone call last week from the secretary of education’s office asking whether she would be willing to moderate the discussion between Obama and the students. Nilsen said she is also taking two of her WSU students to the event, Riccardo Harrisand Vanessa Souriya-Minirajd.
The WSU program has 2,500 students across Kansas and about 500 in the Topeka area, Nilsen said.
Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative focuses on students pursuing higher education. The WSU program helps children in foster care and children of low-income households succeed in high school and go on to postsecondary education.