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Elkins student honored for colossal cabbage

Photo submitted to The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. -- Anna Belan, a fourth-grade student at Midland Elementary School in Elkins, receives a $1,000 savings bond toward education from Bonnie Plants. Anna grew a humongous cabbage and was randomly selected for the award by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.
Photo submitted to The Inter-Mountain
ELKINS, W.Va. — Anna Belan, a fourth-grade student at Midland Elementary School in Elkins, receives a $1,000 savings bond toward education from Bonnie Plants. Anna grew a humongous cabbage and was randomly selected for the award by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

By Beth Christian Broschart

The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS, W.Va. – A local student has been awarded a $1,000 savings bond toward her education by the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.

Anna Belan, a third-grader at Midland Elementary School, was selected randomly after growing a huge cabbage this fall while participating in the program.

Anna’s teacher, Debbie Saseen, said she is thrilled that her student was selected to win.

“My classroom has participated in the program for a number of years,” Saseen said.

“Cabbage plants are shipped to the school each year through the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Everyone in the class gets a cabbage plant to take home and care for.”

Saseen said the program is valuable because it is hands-on and gets families working together.

“Students learn about science as they care for the plant,” Saseen said. “The kids get so excited and they really enjoy it. Students have even brought in food to share that they have cooked with the cabbages they grew…”

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