Talk about growing money.
Maggie Whelan, now a 4th-grader at Pine Run Elementary School in New Britain, turned a tiny cabbage seedling into a $1,000 scholarship.
Maggie was one of about 85 third-graders in her school and more than 1.5 million in 48 states who participated in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The program, which Bonnie Plants started in 2002 to teach children the basics of gardening, awards a $1,000 savings bond to one student in each participating state.
In May, Maggie planted the cabbage seedling provided by the vegetable and herb plant company in the flower garden in front of her house. “I watered it, but the rain did most of the work,” she says.