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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) –  Some Lake Highlands students are back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the take part in the White House Easter Egg Roll.

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The tradition, in its 137th year, took place on Monday. Some 35,000 kids and parents gathered on the White House lawn.

This year’s #GimmeFive theme featured sports and fitness zones, healthy cooking demonstrations and classic Easter activities, like the egg roll and egg hunt.

The healthy theme hits home at Moss Haven Elementary School in Lake Highlands. The school has a large garden and farm on campus, tended by students and Farmer Kim Aman.

“It’s really helped our kids in their level of nutrition and their health-mindedness. It’s even changed the culture of our school. For example, the Valentines party – people bring strawberries. They serve broccoli and the kids eat it up because it comes from their garden,” said Farmer Aman.

Aman’s grandfather was a farmer. Always interested in gardening, the former full-time teacher is now devoted to Moss Haven’s horticultural outdoor classroom. Each class at the school has a bed to grow vegetables and plants. The school has a garden of Texas-native crops, and another for herbs. T collect rainwater for irrigation and raise chickens for fresh eggs.

“It’s not really like work, work, work in the heat. It’s just really fun,” said Trip Kendall, a 5th grader at Moss Haven. “Ms. Aman really tries to put you in the shoes of a farmer and you get to play and move mulch and work with the chickens. I really like that!”

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Pop up sales of eggs, herbs and kid-made products teach the students about math and supply and demand.

Funds collected by the PTA, donations and grants fund the Moss Haven Farm. It recently achieved non-profit status, to secure more funding for expansion.

“You can tie gardening into math, you can tie it into science, you can tie it into writing, and then health,” said Aman.

Aman and some of the parents of the farming kids entered into the lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll, knowing tickets are hard to come by. One thing that helped – Aman says a USDA official took notice of the gardening program at Moss Haven and visited the school last year. She was impressed enough, she helped secure a few extra tickets to the Egg Roll.

After receiving tickets last Friday, six kids (5th grader Trip Kendall, 4th grader Taylor Kendall, 4th grader Scout Gomez, 2nd grader Harper Gomez, 4th grader Wes Walker and Kindergartener Brooklyn Walker) and their moms scrambled over to Washington D.C. on Saturday.

From the White House to the monuments and museums, they documented the trip in videos and pictures to share with the school. “It was really cool. I’d seen it on TV, but I’ve never seen the White House in person. It was really cool to be invited to even go on the lawn,” said Scout Gomez, a 4th grader.

The trip helped students grow a healthy appreciation for the work they’re doing in their hometown.
Harper Gomez said, “If you work at being healthy, good things can come your way.”

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