Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to a Washington, D.C., area school AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the Broadway at the White House event for high school students involved in performing arts programs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Behind the first lady at left is composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and right is director Diane Paulus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Michelle Obama made her first semi-official outing since leaving the White House on Jan. 20 to Ballou STAY High School in southeast Washington, D.C.

The school was expecting the new chancellor of D.C. schools, Antwan Wilson, when Mrs. Obama walked in instead.

The visit continued the practice she started as first lady of making surprise visits to local schools to encourage students to focus on their education.

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She met privately with 14 students at the alternative school and later posted a picture to her Twitter account along with the message, “Always love visiting DC schools. Thank you for hosting me today @BallouSTAY. Stories of students #reachinghigher continue to inspire me.”

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Elizabeth Vale is a contributor for Rare.
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