Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

Sixth through 12th graders who have participated in the Life and Career Skills garden class will be having their annual plant sale this week.

Thelda Mayer, the special education teacher and a master gardener, said they use this sale as a hands-on part of their gardening class in grades 6 through 12.

Mayer said the class grew the plants between February to the end of April. She said she takes the master plants, from which cuttings are taken to grow other plants each year, home during the summer because there is no one at the school to take care of them. She said she brings them back in September and then in February the students learn to take cuttings from the master plants and grow them as well as purchasing seeds to grow other plants.

She said they partnered with Sean Andrews, the teacher for the introduction to building and trades class, to build plant boxes for strawberry plants and Kevin Hunt, the Coffeyville Community College Columbus Campus Construction Technology instructor donated the soil for the boxes.

She also said they expanded the patio to accommodate the 100 new strawberry plants as well as other plants.

She said they also worked really hard to get the butterfly garden made into a certified monarch watch.

Mayer said they have all kinds of plants in their sale including tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, flowering plants, bedding plants and aloe vera plants.

“The cherry tomatoes are a real hit with the children.” Mayer said.

She said the variety of plants all depends on what is picked by the children.

Mayer said they use the money for a reward party for the children and they use part of the money to take the seniors out for a pizza party at Pizza Hut. She also said every child gets to take home at least one plant.

She said the project is a lot of fun for the students.

“The kids enjoy it, they like getting up and walking around and getting their hands dirty.” Mayer said.

The sale will be April 28 and 29 and May 2 through May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 824 East Oak Street.