First lady Barbara Bush joined several professional basketball stars at an NBA-sponsored rally urging students to stay in school.

"I can hardly wait to get home and tell my four sons what kind of crowd I was with today. I know I was asked to come because I'm the family jock," Mrs. Bush said Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.She was surrounded by former National Basketball Association great Bob Lanier of the Detroit Pistons and current players Ralph Sampson of the Sacramento Kings and Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues and Johnny Newman of the Charlotte Hornets.

The visit to Piedmont Open Middle School was part of an NBA program promoting education. Students who haven't missed a day of school are invited to a "Stay in School Jamboree" before the NBA All-Star game Feb. 10 in Charlotte.