Real Cabbage Patch Kid

kc-hunt-with-cabbage.jpgBy Karin Wasinger
Special to the Signal Tribune

Los Cerritos Elementary School third graders harvested their Bonnie Plants cabbages on Wednesday, June 11 at 9 a.m. for a chance at a $1,000 scholarship. This is the third year in a row that Los Cerritos third graders participated in the program.
Early in the year, (plant seller) Bonnie Plants gives a young cabbage plant to each third-grade student. Then, students decide whether they’d like to plant and care for their cabbage plant at home or school. For several months it is the responsibility of students for care for their cabbage.
Two to three months later, the school harvests the cabbages and weighs them. The students who grow the heaviest cabbage in each of the four third-grade classes have their names submitted to the Bonnie Plants Scholarship Program.
After all cabbages are harvested and weighed, Los Cerritos donates the majority of the cabbages to the local Food Finders. In all, this year more than 75 pounds of produce were donated.

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