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Shaker Road Elementary School News
girl with her cabbage

girl with her cabbage

girl holding her giant cabbage

girl with an enormous cabbage

Top photo Gabriella Murphy, Shaker Road; next photo down Rosalee Gonzalez, Shaker Road; third photo down Hayden France, Shaker Road; and bottom photo New York State winner for 2016.

Shaker Road Third Graders Grow Huge Cabbage

Each year, Bonnie Plants located in Alabama drops off enough cabbage seedlings for every third grader at Shaker Road Elementary School. The goal of the program is to help kids enjoy gardening, grow in their appreciation for nature and play in the dirt.

As evidence that this not just some promotional effort we can tell you with certainty that not a single third grader has ever correctly answered the question, "Who gave you the cabbage seedling?"

Bonnie Plants supplies retail stores all across the country and this third grade program grew out of that supply effort. Winners are chosen from all 50 states. Mr. Dollard always enters Shaker Road students' names and cabbages into the New York State contest, like the students whose pictures accompany this article. In order to give perspective to how big the winning cabbages get to be, last year's winner is also included.

Thank you, Bonnie Plants. We'll see you again in the Springtime.