April 2 - Michelle Obama joins students to plant vegetable patch on the White House South Lawn. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: First Lady Michelle Obama shared what has become a rite of spring in Washington with a small group of fifth-grade students on Wednesday (April 2), planting vegetables in the White House garden. Obama welcomed about 30 students to help her plant the the sixth garden on the South Lawn, a project she began in 2009 to serve as a model for children and their parents to emulate as a way to reduce childhood obesity. The First Lady has helped push for changes in school lunch rules to require more vegetables and fruit. The schools were chosen because they have implemented the new rules in creative ways and started their own gardens. This year the students planted a pollinator garden to encourage bees and monarch butterflies to highlight the fact that bees and butterflies are dying throughout the planet.