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Two Carrollton Middle School Students Testify at Briefing and Dine with the First Lady

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Nicholas Mansour, right, shows First Lady Michelle Obama his mandolin skills at the White House on Wednesday

Washington, D.C. – Sebastian Mason and Nicholas Mansour, rising seventh graders at Carrollton City Schools, earned the experience of a lifetime on Wednesday, June 3 through the Carrollton City Schools Nutrition Program. Both youngsters were invited to testify in front of a packed room at a Congressional briefing for the Salad Bar in Schools Expansion Act.

Following the briefing that included three members of Congress, Mason and Mansour along with a select group of young people from across the country were joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chefs inside the White House. Mrs. Obama joined in the preparation of a soba salad and fresh vegetables before joining the children for lunch.

Sebastian Mason, left, and Nicholas Mansour arrive at the White House Wednesday to meet First Lady Michelle Obama
Sebastian Mason, left, and Nicholas
Mansour arrive at the White House
Wednesday to meet First Lady Michelle Obama

“We have worked very hard to encourage our students to eat healthy foods,” said Dr. Linette Dodson, Director of School Nutrition for Carrollton City Schools. “These two young men participate in our school lunch program and are advocates to their peers. Their commitment earned them this opportunity. To testify in a congressional briefing, visit the White House and have lunch with the First Lady is an experience they will never forget,” Dodson concluded.

The trip is part of Michelle Obama’s LET’S MOVE initiative. LET’S MOVE has been developed to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

Video of the student’s testimony at the Congressional briefing is available at www.carrolltoncityschools.net

Carrollton City Schools Press Release

Release Date June 4 2015

Jay Goodman

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