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Milton fifth-graders invited to help first lady garden

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MILTON, Vt. -

A huge honor for five students from Milton Elementary School. The first lady invited the fifth-graders to help plant the White House garden this spring.

School officials say the invite was prompted by the district's changes to its food service, which Mrs. Obama recently noted on her anti-obesity website, Let's Move.

WCAX News visited the school last week and found kids loving the fruits and veggies prepared by the staff.

The five students going to the White House were picked based on essays they wrote about food.

"I wrote about gardening with my grandmother. I like to garden, I love my grandmother, put it together, you got important," Cassie Allen said.

Yeah, this is really big. I have gone maple sugaring. I like to pick apples and pumpkins," Will Muzzy said.

"Undescribable excited. I called it Food Fall and how like how the weather changes and like with local foods," Hannah Svenson said.

"Oh it's awesome. Eat locally grown and not out of state or country," Nolin Deep said.

"I wrote about animals on a farm and what food they are. There's like cows are beef, and pigs are bacon and ham, and chicken is obviously chicken," Sarah Schmoll said.

The kids found out about their good fortune Thursday afternoon during a school assembly. Steve Marinelli, the school food service director, is also going to Washington. So are several teachers and chaperones.

Click here to read three of the student essays.

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