Students sell watermelons to school for school lunches

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(Talcott) Students in three West Virginia counties are taking charge of their school lunch by growing the food themselves. And they’re getting paid for it.

Students are counting on these tiny watermelon seeds for their school lunch come August. Brailyn Cook a fourth grader at Talcott Elementary explained saying, “In August, when we go back to school, we will have them for lunch.”

The students are also counting on the watermelons to earn money. Greenbrier, Summers and Wayne counties have agreed to purchase the watermelons from their students. Tommye Rafes is a volunteer helping to coordinate the project. Rafes said, ” “So the kids can make some summer money. And then they would have a nice tasty healthy treat in the fall that the schools could actually serve them.”

The project is about more than cash though. It aims to teach kids about food. Community outreach coordinator for Sprouting Farms Beth Ryan said, “Today it’s very hard to show people what food is like and how food grows because we only see it at the grocery store and they’re not seeing how it’s grown. And there are just so many different ways to teach kids about food if you are showing them it being grown.”

Already students are responding. Cook said, “It just feels a little safer and better to know where things came from.”

Sprouting Farms leased the land to the students for the project, and Greenbrier County Health Alliance has also helped coordinate the project.

Haley Brown

Haley Brown

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