D-B marks Earth Day with plant sale starting today

Rick Wagner • Apr 20, 2017 at 11:12 AM

KINGSPORT — This Earth Day, you can buy plants, enter your pet in a doggie costume pageant, see a pollination garden ribbon cutting/seeding, enjoy a spaghetti box lunch and get your face and nails painted, all events helping support a local high school’s career technical education and FFA programs.

All those activities will be occurring Saturday morning or afternoon as Dobyns-Bennett High School marks Earth Day.

The FFA plant sale at the greenhouse near Center Street starts today and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be held most weekdays, while the annual plant sale open house will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Plant specials will include $10 hanging basket ferns, $2 six packs of annuals and $12 flowering baskets, according to Kerrie Sluder, D-B agriculture teacher and sponsor of FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. 

At 10 a.m., a wildflower seed planting, sponsored by a $5,000 Lowe’s Tool Box for Education Grant, will be held at the FFA Pollination Garden, near the cafeteria, followed by a doggie costume pageant from 11 a.m. to noon with a $5 entry fee. Also, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., cosmetology students will offer face painting and nail painting.

For those who get hungry, spaghetti box lunches from D-B’s culinary arts program will be available for $5.

“We try to have some of the other (non-plant) programs come and have activities and have sort of a CTE open house,” Sluder said.

Health science students will hold a blood drive for students and the public at the CTE area next to the greenhouse from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The street address is 1801 E. Center St.

The other FFA advisor is Nina Ambrose.

For more information on the activities, including the ongoing plant sale, contact Sluder at ksluder@k12k.com or (423) 378-8503.




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