Magee Elementary School teacher Carol Marshall and students observe the cabbages they have grown in their school garden. 

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Magee Elementary School Garden Yields Big Crops

From seedlings to colossal crops, the Magee Elementary School Garden yielded a grand harvest during its second year of existence.

Maintained by students and staff of Magee Elementary School, student participants in kindergarten through second grade were provided an opportunity to get their hands dirty while planting a variety of vegetables such as cabbages, broccoli, collard greens and potatoes.

Students at Magee Elementary School showcase their school garden to Principal Paul Lawrence (right) and Assistant Principal Cindy Allbritton (left). 

Teacher and garden founder Carol Marshall said that she and her students were immensely proud of how well the garden did this year compared to their modest beginning last year.

“It’s not where it could be, but it’s growing on us,” said Marshall. “We’re better this year than we were last year. We’re better last year than we were the year before because the year before, it was a little of nothing.”

Once the vegetables were ready for harvesting, Marshall and students presented staff and administrators, who supported their efforts, with crops from their troughs.

“This year, everything did what it was supposed to do, and I’m very happy about that,” said Marshall. “The students have been very excited about the garden. They just love it.”

Started in 2021, the Magee Elementary School Garden originated as an effort to expose students to the stages of plant growth while enhancing their knowledge and vocabulary. is an online news source covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


  1. Hello, you recently published photos of the Seniors Home Thanksgiving dinner. Would you please send me the photos?
    I was born in Magee, but moved with my parents to Pascagoula in 1966. I enjoy keeping up with my home town by reading your paper.
    Thanks for your time.
    Ellen Mezzanatto,


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