A group of Manatee County grade school students got to meet first lady Michelle Obama Thursday.
The students, from Gullett Elementary School in Bradenton, got to meet Mrs. Obama in the White House garden, where they helped do some planting.
According to the White House, the school was picked for the visit because it uses gardening as a way to teach students about food and nutrition.
FOX 13's Denise White sat down with the first lady; here are some of the topics they touched on, and snippets of their conversation.
PRESIDENT OBAMA GIVES BACK PART OF HIS SALARY:
"It's an important statement for us to make when we're talking about cuts and all the budget stuff -- that there are real lives at stake," Michelle Obama offered.
HUNGER AND POVERTY ISSUES:
Mrs. Obama says access and affordability are key pillars of the Let's Move program.
"Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I grew up where people didn't have access to vegetables."
She says she is working with grocery store chains to get more stores in underserved markets.
"You can't tell families, just put more vegetable on a plate if they don't know where to go to get them, and they can't afford them when they get there."
She points out that millions of kids get their only meals in schools. The goal is to make sure those meals are as healthy as possible, to make sure they have fruits and vegetables.
"We can't take those meals for granted," she added.
BACK LOG OF VETERANS TRYING TO GET DISABILITY BENEFITS:
Mrs. Obama said President Obama is getting briefed on the situation everyday, and called the backlog "intolerable."
"It's benefits. But it's also making sure veterans are coming home to jobs," she said.
GETTING KIDS MORE ENGAGED IN THEIR EDUCATION:
"Whenever I get a chance to talk to a group of kids I remind them that when they look at me or the president or anyone in a position of power, they have to understand that there's no magic to getting there, that it is about hard work. The reason I am where I am is not because my parents were rich or I had a lot of resources and connections, it's because I went to school every day and I did my homework. I didn't go to the best schools, but I went to school and I learned what I could learn with what I had. In America, that is still a viable pathway."
"We need to find a way to talk to them about why learning is more important than shooting a basketball."
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