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Somerville kids to help Michelle Obama garden at White House

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 3, 2013 10:10 AM

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From left to right: Ariana Docanto, Gabriela Lopez Arias, Sarah Sweeting, Lana Popovic, Brian Chan, the Somerville students who will be headed to the White House.

Five students from the Arthur D. Healey School in Somerville will help Michelle Obama with some gardening at the White House on Thursday.

They are among 30 students from schools around the country that will help plant vegetable and herbs in the kitchen garden in the White House's South Lawn.

Somerville schools received an invitation from the first lady's office two weeks ago, schools spokeswoman Susana Herandez Morgan said. The five students were chosen because they are active in the Healey School's community garden program, and also have gardens at home, Herandez Morgan said.

Obama's invitation didn't say why Somerville was chosen, but the city's Shape Up Somerville program has previously received recognition from the president's wife, who is focused on fighting childhood obesity.

The five students, Ariana Docanto, Gabriela Lopez Arias, Sarah Sweeting, Lana Popovic, and Brian Chan, will fly to Washington Thursday morning with two chaperones and return home in the evening, Herandez Morgan said. They are scheduled to meet with the Michelle Obama from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students are pretty excited about the trip. Read what they had to say to WBZ-TV's Paula Ebben.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.


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