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Summer Harvest Comes to White House Garden

Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon(WASHINGTON) -- Children from five local elementary schools will come to the White House on Thursday to chow down on crops they planted in its garden last spring. First lady Michelle Obama and White House chefs will help the students make lunches from the fruit and vegetable patch as a reward for each of their schools meeting national health and nutrition standards supported by her “Let’s Move” initiative.

The White House Kitchen Garden, now in its sixth year, began as a pet project of the first lady to discuss healthier eating and living. It is now commonly used as a setting for children’s events on the residence grounds and is a popular tourist attraction open to the public.

Joining Obama were classes from the nearby Harriet Tubman, Bancroft, Kimball and Cleveland elementary schools, along with Friendship Public Charter school. The first lady also invited school nutrition directors from Orlando, Dallas and West Virginia to participate.

About 90 percent of U.S. classrooms are meeting the nutrition standards overseen by the Department of Agriculture, administration officials say.

Thursday’s event was initially scheduled as a summer harvest in the garden, but an inclement weather threat moved the first lady and her guests indoors.

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