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First Lady Michelle Obama visits Pecan Park Elementary

Mrs. Obama with Haley & Marsha Barbour Mrs. Obama with Haley & Marsha Barbour

By Monica Hernandez - bio | email | twitter

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Spectators gathered outside Pecan Park Elementary School Wednesday morning, hoping to get a glimpse of First Lady Michelle Obama. She arrived at the school just before 11:45 am to tour the school's walking trail and playground around noon with Governor Haley Barbour and Mississippi First Lady Marsha Barbour.  She left around 12:10pm to meet with officials at Brinkley Middle School.

It's part of a push to promote Obama's recently launched "Let's Move" initiative to encourage an active lifestyle and end childhood obesity.

Just over two dozen hand-selected students and staff members were invited to be on the playground during the tour at Pecan Park Elementary.

One first grader told WLBT Obama gave her a high-five, and complimented her jump-roping skills.

Wanda Quon, Pecan Park principal, walked with the First Lady through most of the trail. She noted that Obama listened carefully and discussed initiatives to promote active, healthy lifestyles for children. She said Obama was very easy to speak with.

Yellow school buses were set up around most of the schools perimeter as a security measure, and dozens of authorities patrolled the area. Signs were hung around the school and inside the walking trail to greet Obama.

At Brinkley Middle School, Obama heard about state and local efforts to combat childhood obesity.

Neither event was open to the public.

Stay with WLBT News all day for complete coverage of first lady Michelle Obama's visit to the capital city. You can also see pictures from the field on our Facebook page.

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