Sumner Elementary School Students, Staff Headed To White House

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  • Greensboro, NC-- Some students from Sumner Elementary School are getting the chance of a life time. A trip to the White House by way of an invitation from the First Lady.

    Sunday morning, WFMY News 2 was there when students and staff members left for their trip to Washington, DC. The group departed from the Amtrak Station in downtown Greensboro.

    How they got the opportunity: Students at Sumner Elementary in Greensboro wrote Mrs. Obama last fall describing their own plans to plant a garden. The students thanked the first lady for encouraging Americans to eat better and live healthier. A staff member at the school has a relative who works in Washington and he hand delivered the letters to the White House Staff.

    They learned Thursday, March 22 that they were invited to take part in the First Lady's annual White House Kitchen Garden Planting. The project started in 2009 when Mrs. Obama planted a garden at the White House. She invites students from across the country who write her about their own gardening experiences.

    How excited are they: Friday, when WFMY News 2 talked to them, students were still smiling from ear to ear and buzzing with excitement after learning that the letter was read by the first lady. And that she had invited them to come for a visit this Sunday.

    Sumner Elementary School principal Thyais Maxwell said she, five third-graders, and two teachers will be on hand Monday as First Lady Michelle Obama supervises the annual spring planting of the White House vegetable garden.

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    Stay with WFMY News 2 and Digtriad for updates of Sumner's Trip to the White House.

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