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Richmond students meet First Lady at The White House


Richmond Public Schools students traveled to Washington Wednesday for an event at The White House with the First Lady. There, they got to show Michelle Obama what they practice every day in Richmond schools when it comes to healthy eating.

The time the First Lady spent with the kids picked from Linwood Holton Elementary goes hand-in-hand with the announcement Sesame Street characters will help market healthy lifestyles to kids their age. For them Wednesday was all about who is delivering the message.

"Let's get it done," Michelle Obama exclaimed. "Let's move! Let's move! Let's move!"

The five children from Holton on the city's north side came to the nation's capitol and matched First Lady Michelle Obama's enthusiasm.

"I never thought I would make it here and I just thought ‘I just can't believe it,'" fifth grader Blaise Wingold explained.

"It's pretty amazing," nine-year-old Khaliq King added.

Wednesday, 'pretty amazing' came with a lesson.

"It's about showing our kids that healthy foods can be fun and that fruits and vegetables just don't make us feel good but they also taste good," Mrs. Obama added.

The students have experience with healthy foods. They tend a garden at the school in Richmond. The program is the main reason they were chosen to harvest at The White House.

The students not only got to garden with the First Lady, but that food was prepared by White House chefs right in front of them in order to eat a meal with Mrs. Obama.

Wingold got some quality time with her, in which he got some free advice.

"She said it's not good to stay inside and play video games all the time," he relayed.

The memories that now go along with these lessons are something these kids will take back home to Richmond.

"I hope that they continue I think like the First Lady to make really healthy lifestyle choices," said Ellen Shepard, whose son was on the trip.

The public will soon see the Sesame Street characters on produce in the stores. Use of those images is part of the agreement announced Wednesday with the Produce Marketing Association.

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