Students from North Elementary School in Morgantown West Virginia have been doing a bit of gardening lately, growing fresh produce and selling harvests the local farmers’ market and to the school cafeteria. The students began their “Panther Pride” garden in the spring of 2011 and have grown a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Some of which include strawberries, snake beans and black radishes.
The students along with several teachers utilized the garden as marketing tool and teaching opportunities towards math, science, reading, writing and health lessons. And these activities have caught the attention of the First lady Michelle Obama, who’s been a strong advocate of healthy eating in schools nationwide. The First Lady has invited the North Elementary students along with students from Magnolia Elementary in Joppa Maryland and Linwood Elementary in Richmond Virginia for a tour of the White House kitchen and the White House garden for some harvesting.
“About three weeks ago, I received a phone call that, at first, I thought was a prank call because how often do you get a phone call saying that it’s the First Lady’s secretary?” said Natalie Webb, principal of North Elementary School. “She invited five of my fifth grade students, myself, and my assistant principal to come to the White House. I never dreamed that our garden would turn into what is now; we started with 5 teachers willing to grow in our garden, and now it’s the majority of our teachers—and now this chance to visit the White House.”
The First Lady and the invitees all have a common interest in gardening, and the students will be surrounded by Sesame Street characters along with members of the Produce Marketing Association and the Partnership for a Healthier America for an announcement of healthier foods to children.
The trip was rescheduled for this week after being postponed due to the federal government shutdown.
Source: 58wchs radio