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AASA Children's Programs Out and About: Volunteering At the White House Kitchen Garden

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On Wednesday, July 12th, Kelly Beckwith and Rebecca Shaw of AASA’s Children’s Programs department volunteered at the White House Kitchen Garden alongside with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Park Service.

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(Pictured L-R) Rebecca Shaw, Project Coordinator, AASA and Kelly Beckwith, Project Director, AASA at the White House Kitchen Garden

The garden is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to teach children about healthy eating and where their food comes from. As an Educational Leadership Partner of Let’s Move! Active Schools, AASA is a proponent of healthy eating and active living in schools to help combat childhood obesity


It was a privilege to have hands-on experience harvesting vegetables and learning how the food is grown and used in the White House Kitchen Garden. Most of the food is used for the First Family’s personal meals, though some is used in state dinners and at other events. Some of the vegetables are also taken to a local food bank, to prepare fresh, healthy meals for the homeless.

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AASA is grateful to be a Let’s Move! partner and to share the message of healthy eating and active living with superintendents nationwide.

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