Michelle Obama Invites Sandy-Affected Schoolchildren for Garden Harvest

New Jersey students were treated to a healthy picnic after gathering crops.

Posted: 05/30/2013 10:53 AM EDT
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama recently hosted schoolchildren affected by Hurricane Sandy last October for a garden harvest at the White House. Elementary school students from Union Beach Memorial School in Union Beach, NJ, and Long Beach Island Grade School in Ship Bottom, NJ, helped the first lady gather crops like lettuce, broccoli, radishes and kale that were planted in the garden in April.

"One of the reasons why we wanted to invite you guys is I understand that given all that you guys have been through," she said. "Many of your schools got damaged in Sandy, right? But despite that, you guys are still going to school every day, and you're working on eating healthy ... And it hasn't been that easy, but you guys have managed to get through the school year way on top of the game, and we're just very proud of you."

After the harvest, the students were treated to a picnic of whole wheat pizza, salad and lemonade from White House chef Cris Comerford and his crew.


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