• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

JPS hosts 13th annual plant sale fundraiser

JONESBORO, Ark- Calling all garden lovers and those plant enthusiasts out there as one local school hosts its annual plant sale.


People arrived early Friday morning to get their pick at the Jonesboro Public Schools Health, Wellness, and Environmental Studies Magnet School plant sale.


Gifted and Talented teacher Melinda Smith says the sale grows bigger and bigger every year.


“This is our 13th annual plant sale. We started super small, like two or three tables worth of things, and we’ve just gotten larger and larger. We probably have thirty tables full,” Smith said.


Students plant seeds in the school’s greenhouse and garden each fall and care for them until the plant's sprout.


Those with a green thumb could choose from several vegetables and herb plants.


Students say they enjoy taking part in the annual fundraiser.


“My favorite part was being able to know that everyone was going to be excited for it and be able to have their own plant,” says HWES student Cherish Ray. “And that we got to watch them grow from when we first planted them.”


Fellow student Jasper Ingle echoes what Ray says.


“My favorite part is getting to see the smile on kids' faces when they got their plant.”


The sale started at 7 a.m. and went to 2 p.m. However, by midday over half of the planets had already been sold.


Each plant costs $2, and the funds go back to the grade school's garden and nutrition program. While students look forward to the sale each year, more goes into it than meets the eye.


“[We're] teaching kids how to garden, where their food comes from; things like that,” Smith says. “We have a nutrition lab, [and] a kitchen. So, we can take the things we grow in the garden to the kitchen and cook with them. And learn things about them. It’s learning about plants, and bringing in math, bringing in reading and bringing in those core curriculum [subjects].”


The plant sale might only take place each April, but Smith says they will soon start preparing for next year's sale.


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