Kim Aman has always loved helping kids understand and enjoy the outdoors. Three years ago, the special education teacher helped add the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program to the elementary school where she works.

The teacher at  Moss Haven Elementary in suburban Dallas says Teaching Gardens has helped her spread the word through social media about the importance of healthy eating and living. This week her efforts really paid off when she submitted a request to attend the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll – and won.

“This is my 30th year of teaching and I have not seen a movement that has excited me personally as much as Teaching Gardens,” said Aman, who received four tickets to the White House event Monday. She’ll be taking Tiffany Walker, who is the community chair of the Teaching Gardens program at Moss Haven, as well as Tiffany’s two children.

Teaching Gardens have been planted in elementary schools across the country. They serve as real-life learning laboratories for students to learn what it means to be healthy. Students plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.

The theme of this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.” More than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to enjoy live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and Easter egg rolling. The day’s activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

The event will be broadcast live at And Aman said her students at Moss Haven will be watching.

For more information:

Teaching Gardens

Kim Aman’s blog

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