With more time on their hands because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people are turning to gardening. Third-grader Kyra Sutton of Riegelwood, North Carolina, was just a little ahead of the curve!
Before Acme Delco Elementary closed in March, she was eager to get started on a class project called the “Third Grade Cabbage Program.” Each student was given a cabbage plant that was about 4-6 inches to teach them about gardening.
Kyra took home her original plant along with one extra cabbage plant she got from the school secretary. Not long after, she found out the project had been scrapped because of distance learning, but she wasn’t going to let anything keep her from achieving her goal!
After planting her cabbages in her great-grandparents’ garden, she began carefully tending them each day.
“She did really good with it, she watered it, and she made sure she took care of it,” said Angie Young-Sutton, Kyra’s mom.
With water, sunlight, and lots of love, Kyra’s cabbages began to grow… and grow… and grow!
By the time school was officially out for the summer, the plants were enormous. When she harvested them, one of the cabbages weighed a whopping 31 pounds! They chopped it up and shared it with dozens of people.
Her teachers were so excited about her gardening success that they plan to send pictures of her produce to Bonnie Plants, the project’s sponsor. She’ll then be entered into a contest that awards one student from each state in the U.S. with a $1,000 scholarship!
Win or lose, Kyra couldn’t be more pleased with her work.
“I’m really proud of the cabbage and how I grew it,” she said. “I didn’t let the coronavirus stop me.”
This is a terrific example of how we can pursue personal goals during this uncertain time. Who else is feeling inspired to buy some seeds and get to gardening?
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