Students from Roosevelt School in Bridgeport return from White House Talent Show

Roosevelt School was one of eight schools from across the country chosen to participate in the Turnaround Arts initiative, which included a grant to use

The Bridgeport students worked closely with renowned artist

The Bridgeport students worked closely with renowned artist Chuck Close to paint portraits of each other that were displayed at the White House. (Credit: News 12)

BRIDGEPORT - Roosevelt School students who took part in Tuesday's first-ever White House Talent Show in Washington, D.C. received a warm homecoming today.

The school choir sang and others held signs to welcome the students home from the nation's capital.

Roosevelt School was one of eight schools from across the country chosen to participate in the Turnaround Arts initiative, which included a grant to use art education to boost academic achievement.

The Bridgeport students worked closely with renowned artist Chuck Close to paint portraits of each other that were displayed at the White House.

Students say they met first lady Michelle Obama and then received a surprise visit from President Barack Obama.  

Michelle Obama announced yesterday that the program will be expanding to 35 schools in 11 states this fall.

School officials say they've noticed a difference since the initiative began. Attendance is up, school suspensions are down and reading and math scores are on the rise.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A former corrections officer faces 45 years in 1 Former corrections officer found guilty in deadly 2014 car wreck
Local police departments are warning residents to be 2 Fairfield police warn to be wary of thieves stealing packages
See extended video of state police making an 3 VIDEO: High speed chase ends in crash
4 Connecticut Sportscast, Dec. 9
VIDEO: Shoppers brave the cold for holiday deals 5 VIDEO: Shoppers brave the cold for holiday deals

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

DOE announces new names for city 'turnaround' schools

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has announced new names for 24 "turnaround" schools. The struggling schools,

Six students from Bridgeport headed to the nation's Students attend White House Talent Show

Some Bridgeport students attended the first White House Talent Show in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE