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First Lady Michelle Obama visits Pecan Park Elementary

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Stephanie Bell Flynt | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - "We love you," students cheered upon the arrival of First Lady Michelle Obama to Pecan Park Elementary. It's an inner city school that has been aggressively pursuing fitness and healthy nutrition goals. 

"I high-fived her, and she high-fived me. She told me great job because I was jump roping very good," said second grader Vivian Coleman. She was proud of her interaction with Mrs. Obama, while Keunte Sibley was excited about the photograph he made with the first lady.

"I'm going to frame it and put it on Facebook," Keunte said.

For Mrs. Obama, her flats were made for walking on a playground that has continued to expand to meet the needs of more than 500 students.

Pecan Park's principal guided the tour for Mrs. Obama, Governor Haley Barbour and First Lady Marsha Barbour. "The playground area was not enough to provide everybody the exercise they needed, and we jumped on the bandwagon with 'Let's Go Walking, Mississippi'," Quon said. 

A similar program to "Let's Go Walking" was the purpose of the first lady's visit. She's promoting the "Let's Move" campaign.

These programs are not just about fitness. They also tout healthy nutrition. "We talked a little bit about our garden because she has a garden at the White House. She shared how they've just harvested the first vegetables from her garden," Quon said. 

Mrs. Obama's visit was brief, but both Quon and the students said her message will last a long time. "I have to say, it was very, very ,very great!" Vivian said. 

"After she leaves, the impact will still be here," Quon said. 

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