From: Heil, Emily [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2016 11:24 AM
To: Donohue, Kelsey
Cc: Vrazilek, Lauren; Adler, Caroline; Drake, Tiffany
Subject: FLOTUS Pool Report 2 from Renwick
The spouse group was joined upstairs in the Renwick Gallery by several others, including FLOTUS chief of staff Tina Tchen and Aaretti Siitonen, First Secretary, Embassy of Finland.
Megan Beyer, executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities made introductory remarks. She spoke about the Turnaround Arts program and its success in improving students' overall academic success.
"The arts are back in education in America," she said. "This is 'yes, we can.'"
She introduced the student performers, about a dozen in all,who did two numbers: the first was an African-influenced dance (including a stilt walker) to a song called "He Lives in You." The dancing was so enthusiastic that several of the kids lost the colorful neckpiece they wore as part of their costumes.
The second was a vocal and dance performance of a song called "Yes You Can."
Michelle Obama led the audience in swaying and clapping along with the music, and the group gave the students a final standing ovation.
Pool was led out, so that's all for this pooler.
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