Alden Terrace Students Grow Mega Cabbage
Students at Alden Terrace School are exploring agriculture thanks to the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. The hands-on program, which donates a Bonnie mega-cabbage plant to each of the third grade students and teachers at no cost, aims to engage students’ interest in agriculture while teaching the basics of gardening. Alden Terrace Principal Shawnée Warfield brought the program, which encourages students to grow their cabbage plants at home, to the district three years ago.
Assistant Principal Dr. Wellinthon Garcia reviewed directions on how to plant the cabbage with students and stressed the importance of watering. The students were also given a graph to chart the growth of their cabbage on a weekly basis. They will discuss their plant’s progress with teachers during science class. They were also very excited to learn that the Bonnie mega-cabbage plant has the potential to grow to up 40 pounds! Dr. Garcia told students the plants are expected to be fully grown in eight to 12 weeks. He asked that they take measurements and photos of their plant to share with their teacher. Teachers can submit the photos to Bonnie Plants to enter students for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.
Photo Captions: 1. Alden Terrace School Assistant Principal Dr. Wellinthon Garcia reviewed planting instructions with students.
- Alden Terrace School teacher Jill Jazwinski assisted with the distribution of the mega-cabbage plants to third grade students.
3. Alden Terrace School Principal Shawnée Warfield discussed the growth chart with students.
4. Alden Terrace School third grader Dario Ramsoondar was excited toreceive his mega-cabbage plant.
5. Alden Terrace School students (from left): Myles Campbell, Roniah Pierre and Miya Khan are pictured with their mega-cabbage plants and growth chart