This photo was just too sweet not to share.
Collin Jenkins of Roopville Elementary in Carroll County grew this monster cabbage and won a $1,000 saving bond for his education from Bonnie Plants. Nearly 48,000 Georgia schoolchildren in 2257 schools grew cabbages for the annual contest.
To learn out about next year’s contest, go here.
Launched in 2002, the program awards a $1,000 bond to one student in each participating state. Bonnie Plants provides one million cabbage plants to third grade classrooms nationwide each year. The students plant them and tend them.
At the end of the season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance.
A digital image of the cabbage and student is submitted online. The student’s name is then entered in a statewide drawing. State winners are randomly selected by the Commission of Agriculture, in each of 48 participating states.
I am from a very urban area of New Jersey where folks don’t grow too many giant vegetables. But as the feature editor for a newspaper in Florida, I often received photos from readers of their nearly 2-pound cucumbers and over-sized watermelons. There were so many that I couldn’t publish them in the newspaper.
So, I am delighted now to have space to share this one.
Congrats to Collin for winning.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog