(CNN) – On the same day President Obama paid a visit to a rejuvenated Jersey Shore, first lady Michelle Obama welcomed students from the Hurricane-ravaged region to help harvest the White House vegetable garden.
"Many of your schools got damaged, but despite that you guys are still going to school every day and eating healthy. And you guys managed to get through the school year way on top. We are very proud of you," the first lady said under a hot Washington sun on the South Lawn of the White House.
Between the ages of 10 and 12, the New Jersey students hailed from Union Beach Memorial School and Long Beach Island Grade School. The two-dozen students were displaced for months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October.
Students from other parts of the country also participated in the event, including some from Somerville, Massachusetts, Knox County, Tennessee, Milton, Vermont, and Washington, DC.
Following the harvest, the students made vegetable-topped pizzas with help from White House chefs. The event was the latest in the first lady's Let's Move campaign designed to encourage healthier eating among children and combat childhood obesity.
–CNN's Becky Brittain contributed to this report