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Five Manatee Co. students invited to the White House

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It's not every day that children are told to skip class to tend agarden.  But when First Lady Michelle Obama comes calling, you dropeverything.

For five Manatee County fifth graders, that's exactly what happened. These students were selected to fly to Washington D.C.to help the First Lady work in the White House garden.  It just so happensthese students from Gullet Elementary in Bradenton*extraspace* know their way around a garden.

When asked about what it takes to grow healthy plants, 11-year-old Noah Antuna said,"You need to put fertilizer in the soil."  11-year-old MorganDeglopper added, "You can't drown the plants with water."

This week the Manatee County students will be working at one of the mostexclusive plots around.  Thirty students from around the country wereinvited to the White House to plant fruits and vegetables.

"The White House Garden is huge. Lots of plants," saidAntuna.  These and three other Manatee Countyfifth graders will see it firsthand.  Deglopper said, "It's sospecial. I'll be able to go up to somebody and say, '''Hey,I've been to the White House. Have you?'  Most likely, they're going tosay 'no'."

First Lady Michelle Obama's ‘Let's move' campaign encourages a healthiergeneration of kids.  Antuna said, "If you eat junk food and getpacked up on sugar and calories, you can get fat.  But, if you eat goodvegetables and fruits, it will help you stay fit. Along with exercise."

Manatee County was honored for promoting nutrition to its students and thesechildren were handpicked for their leadership qualities.  Deglopper said,"In all the years I've been here, I've been working my hardest, doing mybest and finally it has paid off."

The children will fly out to Washington D.C. on Wednesday.  Along withThursday's visit to the garden, the children will also tour the White House andsome of the local museums.

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