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Vt. students visit the White House: Preview

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Five Vermont children are about to experience a day they probably won't forget for a very long time.

The fifth-graders from Milton will help first lady Michelle Obama plant the fifth annual White House kitchen garden. The first lady liked their essays on health eating, and the efforts in their school district to make lunchtime a real dining experience. The children were notified last week of their once in lifetime experience. 

Now, Mrs. Obama has focused great efforts on the battle against childhood obesity. The garden is one piece of it-- one piece of the nationwide program she launched in 2009 called "Let's Move." The first lady says her goal is to raise a healthier next generation by promoting healthy eating and exercise.

The children from Milton will have their work cut out for them Thursday! They'll be joined by fifth-graders from three other states, but this is the largest garden in the history of the White House, with 55 varieties of vegetables and fruits grown each year on the South Lawn-- certainly much larger than the first garden planted here by the second president of the United States, John Adams and his wife, Abigail Adams. 

We're sure they'll arrive enthusiastic and ready to get their hands dirty with Michelle Obama. Photographer Joe Carroll and Bridget Barry Caswell will be there, too, and they'll also be sitting down with the first lady for a one-on-one interview.

Bridget will be live from the White House on the Channel 3 News at 5 p.m., and she'll have a full report on the day's events with the kids from Milton at 6 p.m.

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