Michelle Obama helps Newark students plant garden

First lady Michelle Obama visited a Newark school Thursday to help students plant a garden.

First lady Michelle Obama helps Newark students plant a garden at their school.

First lady Michelle Obama helps Newark students plant a garden at their school. (4/7/16)

NEWARK - First lady Michelle Obama visited a Newark school Thursday to help students plant a garden.

Mrs. Obama visited with the students at Philip's Academy Charter School and talked to them about healthy living.

Philip's Academy Charter School was chosen for the first lady’s visit because the school grows their own vegetables in a rooftop garden and makes their own meals from scratch.

The school also has a program to show students how food is grown and how it helps them make healthy choices in their lives. The school links a rooftop garden, teaching kitchen, indoor growing lab and dining room to connect core curriculum with food literacy.

The visit is part of Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

The first lady's American garden tour highlights the impact and benefits of gardens across the country. She made a stop in Georgia before coming to New Jersey.

Many of the students at the school tell News 12 New Jersey that they had a great time meeting the first lady.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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