Thursday, September 24, 2009

AALEAD student Tammy Nguyen featured on the cover of Children's Health with First Lady Michelle Obama!

Photo courtesy of Children's Health magazine

Our very own Tammy Nguyen(furthest left) has been making some very special friends lately.

As a part of her school's Green Thumb group this past year, Tammy not only was busy planting vegetables at her school but also at the White House's new garden with none other than First Lady Michelle Obama. Both initiatives were created to learn more about the environment and make better food choices. The new garden at the White House opened on March 20 of this year. Since then, Tammy and her classmates have been back to the White House no less than 4 times to work on the project. Most recently, the First Lady visited Bancroft to speak on the importance of making healthy food decisions. A select group of students, including Tammy, read essays on their experiences at the White House, working with Mrs. Obama. Check out Tammy's essay below, followed by some photos from the visit:

"I want to thank the First Lady so much. We had an idea that we might exchange a few recipes that our parents and teachers have with some you use in the White House...unless that is TOP SECRET, of course! My mother is very happy to see me choosing to eat more fresh vegetables now. Mom is an excellent cook, and she uses a lot of carrots. I even eat them straight out of the ground, after a good washing, that is. I researched the carrot and learned that carrots, like people, have a history. The carrot's begins in Eastern Asia near Afghanistan thousands of years ago. They have migrated all over the world, changing their color from purple to orange. When you pull a carrot and eat it fresh you can't help but feel good as you crunch and munch it. It even feels like it cleans your teeth. Here at Bancroft, we are big fans of carrots! We are also big fans of the First Lady! When I describe her to all of my friends who ask, I tell them that she is tall, beautiful, and always smiling."

Remarks on the visit by the First Lady can be found here.

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