A local school hosted a Hollywood star Friday.
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker spent time at Findley Elementary School as part of the Turnaround Arts Program.
It’s his second trip to the school.
Whitaker watched the Findley drama club perform “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
Two years ago, Findley was one of the first schools in the country selected for the program, which is designed to help low-performing schools with an intense focus on the arts.
“One of the main messages is to believe in themselves, to recognize they have the potential to do anything. Through the arts to build imagination and also build confidence and to allow confidence to move into other areas in their life,” Whitaker said.
The initiative is expanding to four more schools in Des Moines next year.