Magnolia Elementary students to visit White House Wednesday

Five students from Magnolia Elementary School in Joppa will join fellow schoolchildren from the Mid-Atlantic and First Lady Michelle Obama in harvesting the White House kitchen garden Wednesday.

The get-together in Washington is part of the effort by Mrs. Obama to promote healthy eating and providing healthy snacks in schools.

Officials with Harford County Public Schools and Mrs. Obama's Office announced the event Monday.

During Monday night's Harford County Board of Education meeting in Bel Air, Interim Superintendent Barbara Canavan congratulated the five Magnolia Elementary children who will be attending the event, representing Harford County and Maryland. They will be joined by children from Harriet Tubman Elementary and Bancroft Elementary in Washington, D.C., Linwood Holton Elementary in Richmond, Va. and North Elementary in Morgantown, W.Va.

"They are going to be going into the White House garden, and they will be picking all kinds of interesting, good things, healthy things to eat," Canavan said. while

Canavan also congratulated the Magnolia Elementary principal, Patricia Mason, on the invitation from the First Lady.

"It really is a wonderful, wonderful tribute to all of those elementary students," she said.

Mrs. Obama will be accompanied Wednesday afternoon by the Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita, plus representatives of the Produce Marketing Association and the Partnership for a Healthier America, according to a news release from the Office of the First Lady.

An announcement will be made regarding the marketing of healthy food to schoolchildren.

Canavan said the children will harvest produce from the White House garden, prepare the food with a White House chef, "and they are going to sit down with the first lady and enjoy the fruits of their labor, so to speak."

The children have been invited from schools where healthy snacks are already being offered. Schools around the nation must begin following the federal nutrition standards, known as "Smart Snacks in School," during the 2014-2015 school year, according to the White House news release.

Magnolia Elementary is "bronze recipient" in the HealthierUS School Challenge, a program of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.

Schools can earn recognition and money for programs officials have developed to promote healthy eating and physical activity, according to the program web page.

Magnolia Elementary participates in the USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and the Maryland Meals for Achievement school breakfast program, and students harvest vegetables from their school garden and use them in school lunches, according to the news release.

Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad