Washburn students part of White House ceremony

Bayfield County Journal:Several Washburn Elementary School students were among the students helping First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House Kitchen Garden Tuesday.

Two fourth graders and three fifth graders helped Mrs. Obama plant vegetables. All five Washburn students have been active in the school’s gardening program.

This was the eighth straight year Mrs. Obama has hosted the event. In 2009, she planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation on the nation’s health and wellbeing. The event evolved into her Let’s Move initiative.

The Washburn School District currently has a 6,400 square foot school garden and orchard. The elementary grades each maintain a section of the garden and the middle school and high school have classes that use the garden.

Much of the food grown is used in the school food service or sold to the community.

Also taking part in the ceremony were students who have school garden programs from Colorado and Louisiana. Students from Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School, who regularly help with the White House Kitchen Garden, also attended.

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