Cotton — not the kind from the drugstore

Cotton — not the kind from the drugstore

This is kind of random but I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm a fifth grade teacher and I teach about the Civil War a few weeks into the school year. The kids always read about and we talk about picking cotton on the plantations, but I've never actually been able to have them physically touch cotton - beyond the stuff you get in a bag at a drugstore. Does anyone grow/have access to cotton plants? And if so, would you be willing to send me some? I'm willing to pay postage etc. Or could you perhaps point me in the direction of some way I might be able to get some? I don't need a live plant. I would just love a couple of samples. EDIT: Thank you everyone for all of your help and suggestions!!! I knew this was the place to go for help.
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