BIG TRIP: Ames Students Invited To White House

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Five second graders from Mitchell Elementary in Ames are getting a chance to go to the White House.

The students have been invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in the planting of the White House’s kitchen garden. The garden, which the First Lady began planting in 2009, is designed to highlight the use of fresh and healthy food.

Washington, D.C. area students have been part of the plantings before, but now the First Lady has invited students from across the country. Students from New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania will all take part in the planting.

The students from Mitchell Elementary wrote to Michelle Obama, telling her about their raised-bed gardens and how they get to taste-test the produce, “Our teachers let us taste test the food we harvest and we have even had a salad for snack and watermelon from our garden at lunch.”

The garden planting is being held on March 26th.

The students chosen to go on the trip are: Eva Kumsher, Evan Bay Brakke, Morgan Shimanek, Caroline Maifield, and Evan Matthews.