First Lady Recognizes Garden at East Tennessee School

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A little water, some sunshine, and a letter of praise from First Lady Michelle Obama are helping grow the garden at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Morristown, Tennessee.

God’s Bountiful Outdoor Garden grows fruits and vegetables ranging from cabbage to zucchini. At the end of last year, the First Lady sent a letter to All Saints students congratulating them on the garden they’ve planted, weeded, maintained and harvested themselves.

“As First Lady, I have no greater joy than learning about the remarkable students across our country that are working hard in school, dreaming big dreams and improving their communities,” Obama says in her letter.

The students who farm in the outdoor garden use what they learn there in science, art and math, as well as agriculture and service lessons. The produce is donated to Hamblen County’s Daily Bread, which gives meals to people who otherwise may not be able to eat.

Patsy Gosnell, a second-grade teacher at All Saints’ who sponsors the garden, says the garden is meant to teach the students about cooperation and giving back to the community.

Obama’s letter and signed photographs are now on display at the school. To learn more about the garden, contact the school at (423) 586-3280.

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