There's a new addition to the greenhouse project at Cecil's School of Technology.
Unlike past seasons, there is a sign letting people know that the school's greenhouse is open for business from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on school days.
Natural Resources teacher Jeremy Sedgwick said that customers have been turning out at the school each spring for more than two decades to buy plants for their home and garden. This year, they decided to advertise because the proceeds from what they sell are going to a worthy cause.
Earlier this year, students from the Natural Resources class competed in the State FFA contest. Team members Dylan Day, Madison Rice, and Elizabeth Westbrook of North East High and Brett Page of Perryville High earned the team win.
Day also picked up an individual title.
That earned the team a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, from October 29-November 1, the team needs to raise about $3,000 for travel and lodging to compete.
The greenhouse proceeds are helping to fund that trip.
But selling from the greenhouse is providing students with a valuable education, explained Sedgwick.
They learn how to deal with customers. They handle transactions, answer questions from customers, collect cash and give change, write receipts, and help get items to customer vehicles. The students also grew the plants from cuttings.
The greenhouse is packed with more items than ever. The Natural Resources students did not plant a garden this year because the property they normally use for that is undergoing work. Some of the items for sale include: hanging baskets, decorative planters, annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs, trees, and more.