White House Sends Peas to Elementary School As Thank You for Planting Michelle’s Garden
According to the “Let’s Move!” blog, part of Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign, students at Kate Mitchell Elementary School in Ames, Iowa received a “mysterious package” from the White House.
“It was sent as a thank you from the First Lady to all the students who joined her to plant the White House Garden earlier this year,” a blog post dated June 29 reads. “Mitchell Elementary's special delivery from the White House included peas, broccoli, onions, and lettuce.”
“As Mitchell Elementary students found out,” the post adds, “gardening is a great way to celebrate delicious food and reward hard work!”
“Also in the package was a chef’s hat, a recipe for broccoli soup from the White House chefs, and a thank you note from the young gardeners in Washington who had helped to harvest some of that crop,” the blog post states.
Earlier this year, several students from the school visited the South Lawn for the “The Fourth Annual WH Kitchen Garden Planting.”
“You guys wrote some really nice letters telling us about stories of the work that you're doing in your schools, in your communities,” Mrs. Obama told the kids on March 26. “Your letters were so wonderful, I thought, why not come and see me at the White House and help me plant my garden? And you made it!”
“It would take us forever to plant this garden if we didn’t have your help, so it’s really special to have you all here,” she said.
Shortly after moving in to the White House, the first lady ordered an organic vegetable garden built on the South Lawn, to promote healthy eating habits. In March 2009 Mrs. Obama said the garden’s most important role would be to educate children about healthy fruits and vegetables.
“My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities,” Obama told the New York Times. Mrs. Obama then started her “Let’s Move!” initiative to fight childhood obesity and change the eating habits of children.