MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A group of students from the North Elementary School in Morgantown is going to the White House. They’ve been invited to go gardening with First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday.
North Elementary School Principal Natalie Webb tells MetroNews Affiliate WAJR-AM in Morgantown she was surprised when the invitation came.
“About three weeks ago, I received a phone call that, at first, I thought was a prank call because how often do you get a phone call saying that it’s the First Lady’s secretary?” said Webb. “She invited five of my fifth grade students, myself, and my assistant principal to come to the White House.”
The First Lady has a common interest in gardening with the students at North Elementary.
“(We will) harvest with Mrs. Michelle Obama in the White House garden, and then do a cooking presentation with her and the White House chefs, and then actually eat the food that they’ve prepared from the garden. She had learned of our school because of the work that we have done with our garden here at North Elementary.”
Webb says the produce from the school’s garden is sold locally and used in the school cafeteria.
North Elementary is one of three schools from across the country to be invited to the White House garden. “There is a school from Virginia, a school from Maryland, and then our school here in West Virginia,” said Webb.
The trip was rescheduled for this week after originally being postponed because of the recent federal government shutdown.