Students represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative

RICHMOND, VA — Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe are digging a chance to get out of school early on Wednesday, June 3. They will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate in the season’s first harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden as part of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an eleven-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, will be accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and will be joining approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady will greet the students, then they will harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoy a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs.

The two Henrico students were chosen to represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens at the event. Both have previously attended the Garden’s Summer Camps where they participated in activities including planting, harvesting and eating fresh veggies. The Garden serves approximately 12,000 children annually through structured educational programs, with nearly one-third of those from low to moderate income households who participate for free.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a partner in the Let’s Move! Initiative as part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens program. The Garden was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2011 as one of the nation’s top 10 museums. The nonprofit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is education and its passion is connecting people and plants to improve communities.


About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens

Let’s Move! is a national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food. It aims to support healthy children and families.

Through Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers can answer the call to action. With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to create a healthier generation using interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens and programs that encourage families to eat healthy foods and increase physical activity.


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