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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Elementary school students from Knox County will get a chance to show off their green thumbs with the first lady at the White House this week.
Five children from Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to help the First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House kitchen garden Thursday.
The planting is part of Obama's Let's Move! campaign which targets childhood obesity.
Sarah Moore Greene students were selected because of the school's initiatives for healthy eating.
Specifically, the school was recognized for its revamped lunch menu's healthier recipes and the Jeffersonian heirloom garden that teachers use in conjunction with American history lessons.
"The object is to get kids more involved in where food comes from and get active and healthy," said garden coordinator Wendy Prothro Howard.
The first lady's office also cited healthy school snacks and gardening classes for parents and kids as reasons the school was selected.
Students from only three other schools nationwide were invited to help plant the White House kitchen garden.
It's an honor the school is not taking lightly and neither are the students.
"The gravity of this is coming down on the children and they're realizing how important this is," said Assistant Principal Tanna Nicely. "All these children are safety patrol. They're all leaders in our schools already, so now they're going to be leaders in the country and so we're very excited with this."
And when the children visit with the first lady, they'll be able to talk about their latest garden effort in presidential tones.
The seeds being used for the garden at Sarah Moore Greene are direct descendents of seeds planted by President Thomas Jefferson at his home in Monticello.
President Jefferson was an avid gardener.
"He was a good man and now he's bringing vegetables here so other people can learn about them and plants them so when we grow up we can teach other people how to plant and be just like him," said fifth grader Brayden Crawford.
And after visiting the first lady this week, they may want to be just like her, too.
For Tanna Nicely, the phone call from the White House inviting them to Washington is still like a dream.
"I didn't know what to think. It's like winning the lottery," Nicely said. "And I think about these children and what a difference this will make for their lives."