The ‘Let’s Move’ initiative lead by First Lady, Michelle Obama, has been tackling the national issue of childhood obesity for just over a year. In that time, she’s been working with a variety of government leaders, medical experts, celebrities and community organizations to deliver the healthy eating message.
As part of ‘Let’s Move’s first anniversary celebrations, Mrs. Obama made a special visit to Burgess-Peterson Academy in Atlanta. She was able to see for herself the enthusiasm that local people are investing in teaching elementary school children all about gardening and growing their own food.
American 3B Scientific’s Adam Waterson was there to meet the First Lady and show her around the school’s garden. Mr. Waterson volunteers at the school, in his spare time, as part of the ‘Master Gardeners’ program. He passes on his gardening knowledge and expertise to help educate and enthuse the children.
Mr. Waterson explained that most of the children didn’t have access to gardens or the opportunity to experience gardening and growing food. Along with other volunteers at the school, Mr. Waterson helps teach the children why local food is important and why it’s valuable to learn about how their food is grown.
Using a 3D anatomical model, the children were able to show Mrs. Obama how food is digested and they discussed why the quality of food that we eat is significant. The children showed off the seeds that they had sown 3 weeks ago and the seedlings of Gooseberries, Huckleberries and Alpine Strawberries. Everyone was impressed to see the Marsh Mallow that the children are growing.
Having Mrs. Obama visit the school and take an interest in their work was a wonderful seal of approval on all that the children have achieved.
“Mrs. Obama was so down to earth and the children were absolutely elated to see her.” Mr. Waterson said.
After visiting the classroom, some of the children took the First Lady outside to show her their garden. Talking in an animated fashion with the children, Mrs. Obama explained that she had never eaten a Muscadine grape before but admired those growing on the garden fence and arbor. While being shown the Butterfly garden, AKA Pollination Station, she said that her own daughter, Malia, was initially scared of bees. The children were able to show her all the work that they done in growing a large number of vegetables. They had even been able to grow little daffodils in pots to sell later at a school fundraiser.
Mrs. Obama was quite surprised by the amount of work that Mr. Waterson, and the other volunteers, had put into helping the children. She was amazed that they were able to grow so many different varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Everyone at the Burgess-Peterson Academy felt honored that Mrs. Obama had chosen to visit them to celebrate ‘Let’s Move’s first anniversary. She gave them all hugs before she left the school and told the children to study hard, eat healthy food at home and to really appreciate all the hard work that the volunteers put in to make their lives better.