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First lady Michelle Obama brandished a paintbrush Thursday to add a little color to a mural at an elementary school in Northwest Washington and demonstrate the value of community service.

Obama joined a group of congressional spouses at the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, where they painted murals of butterflies and flowers around a courtyard and helped plant a butterfly garden and a vegetable plot.

The event came a day after the Congressional Club’s annual luncheon.

“It’s so good that everybody has made a commitment to step out of our tea dresses and away from the crystal and to roll up our sleeves and be ready to paint and to get a little dirty,” said Obama, who arrived wearing canvas low-top sneakers and with her sleeves rolled up.

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