Students from Magnolia Elementary School will get to travel to the White House and meet first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Obama will join Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita, the Produce Marketing Association and the Partnership for a Healthier America for an announcement about marketing healthier foods to children, according to a press release from the White House.
Following the announcement, Obama, Elmo and Rosita will join Magnolia Elementary students, along with others, for the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. For this harvest, the first lady invited students from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia whose schools are starting to offer healthy snack options.
Magnolia Elementary School is a Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge bronze recipient. The school has made great strides in improving its meals by ensuring that all competitive foods sold on the cafeteria line meet the requirements for the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.
Additionally, Magnolia Elementary participates in the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program through the USDA, which introduces students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.
Starting next school year, all schools will be required to follow the “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, making vending machines and a la carte lines healthier, according to a release.
Magnolia also participates in Maryland Meals for Achievement, which is an innovative classroom breakfast project that offers school breakfast in the classroom each morning at no cost to students, regardless of family income.
The school is involved in the Harvestable School Garden program where students and parents participate in the harvesting of the garden, and vegetables from the garden are incorporated in their school lunches.