Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hampstead Hill Academy Students Visit White House

On April 7, 2010 students from Hampstead Hill Academy met with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to talk about nutrition. Read the WJZ 13 article below.

City Students Talk Nutrition At White House

From WJZ 13
Jessica Kartalija reports, they were asked to weigh in on an important topic... getting students to eat healthier.

It's a special honor for students at Hampstead Hill Academy.

"Thirty of our students in grades four to eight, coming down, joining our food educator and me, for a town hall meeting with the first lady," said Matt Hornbeck, principal.

First Lady Michelle Obama invited the students to the White House to talk nutrition, and the kids at Hampstead Hill are experts on the subject.

They're already growing fruits, veggies and herbs in the school garden.

"I think it's a chance to showcase the integrated programming it takes to engage kids in making healthy choices," said Chrissa Carlson, Food For Life educator.

One fourth grader had the opportunity to ask the first lady a question.

"How would you think schools can show kids what they should eat and what they shouldn't eat while they're there," asked Kaila Grinspoon, student.

"Learning doesn't stop at lunchtime. The cafeteria is one of the most important classrooms in the school," said Obama.

"She was really nice, and I think she just totally agreed," said Grinspoon.

"She told me, and she said, thank you. And then she shook my hand," said Maia Reeb, student.

Now, the students and staff at Hampstead Hill want to invite the first lady to Canton.

"Come to Baltimore. Come to Hampstead Hill. We want you to see our garden," said Hornbeck.

The garden that teaches students how to plant, care for and grow their food.

"I was very proud of my school. I'm glad to be here," said Nathan Adams, student. "Baltimore is not a bad city, but it could do better. And this school makes a difference."

The first lady learned about Hampstead Hill Academy when the White House chef visited the school a few months ago. No word as to whether she has any plans to visit the garden.

The school is eligible for a $15,000 grant, and they need your vote.

Voting continues through April 18 and you can do it as many times as you want. For more information on how you can help the school win, click here.