Bradenton students help First Lady in White House garden

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:12 pm | Updated: 9:09 pm, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Five Manatee County students spending the day at the White House helping the First Lady plant a garden.

The Gullett Elementary students were selected because of the school's focus on offering healthier foods and for emphasizing the role of physical activity.

The Gullett students are wearing the green t-shirts and planting seeds right next to Michelle Obama on the south lawn of the White House.

Only 4 schools across the nation were invited, and for the first time the First Lady planted two varieties of wheat.

The lettuce should be ready in a couple of weeks, but the wheat will take until at least July.

In the four years this garden has been planted more than 3,000 pounds of produce has been harvested, and some of it goes to a local soup kitchen.

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