Students at Dobbins Elementary School get a taste of gardening in the third grade by growing a cabbage plant. Last week one of those students, now in fourth grade, had her cabbage named the largest one in Ohio.
During a special assembly at Dobbins last week, fourth-grader Skyler Huda was awarded a $1,000 college savings bond after a cabbage she grew topped 39.5 pounds and was named the largest in Ohio. She was joined by her parents, grandparents and classmates as they learned more about growing cabbages.
Each year, the third-grade students at Dobbins receive a young cabbage plant to take home and grow. The plants are supplied by Bonnie Plants of Homeworth, which also provides the savings bond to the state's largest entry. The students have the summer to work on their project, then when school resumes in the fall, they showcase their achievements.
Dobbins Elementary fourth-grade student Skyler Huda holds her $1,000 college savings bond she received for growing a 39.5-pound cabbage. She is joined by her parents Kelly and Neil Huda, and her grandparents Janet and Ed Huda.
For Skyler, the project meant using a back yard other than her own. She said her dogs would have dug up her plant, so she took it to her grandparents' home.
"I worked on it every weekend," Skyler said.
Come harvest time, Skyler's cabbage was photographed and weighed. The results were then recorded and compared to other plants throughout the state. In the end, the largest plant was named the winner of a $1,000 college savings bond that was issued at the assembly last week.
After a brief lesson on growing the cabbages, Skyler was presented with her award from Ben Santee, greenhouse manager for Bonnie Plants. When asked what her secret to growing one that large, she replied, "Lots of water."
After the award, the Dobbins third-graders were informed that they would be receiving their own cabbage starts in a few weeks. After seeing what Skyler had won, it became a motivation for the students to try to top the 39.5-pound mark, but that will take a good summer and a long wait to see if anyone can do it.