Michelle Obama gives Austin program award for student achievements

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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2012 file photo, First lady Michelle Obama has lunch with school children at Parklawn elementary school in Alexandria, Va. A bipartisan Senate bill released Monday would revise healthier meal standards put into place over the last few years to give schools more flexibility in what they serve the nation's schoolchildren, easing requirements on whole grains and delaying an upcoming deadline to cut sodium levels on the lunch line. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin Mexic-Arte museum received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on Tuesday from first lady Michelle Obama.

The museum was recognized for its “Screen it” program, which introduces students to screen printing, mentor-ships and how to make academic achievements. The arts program allows students to learn about screen printing within the Mexican-American community.

“We really hope that this award will increase the visibility of this program and more schools will find out about it,” said education coordinator, Olivia Tamzarian.

They were one of 12 organization honored at the White House. The winners were chosen from more than 200 applicants and 50 finalists from across the United States. Each recipient was granted an initiative of $10,000.

For more information on how to get involved visit their website here

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