-Brad Schott FFA Advisor and Agriculture Instructor

May 12, 2014

Things have been busy across the street.  The three agriculture classes have been learning about the natural world, food, animals, and plants.  More importantly, I believe many are gaining an appreciation, and connection with all of the above.  In January the greenhouse was barren and cold.  We collected seeds from some of the plants that grew last summer in front of the shop.  The plants from these seeds, along with hundreds of others, now make up a "jungle" in the greenhouse.  Many of the plants are going to end up showing off in the landscaping we are doing around the school as part of the GreenSchools grant we received to help make our school more ecologically friendly as it relates to less water use, controlling storm-water run-off, using less lawn chemicals, and creating a more healthy environment for little creatures, such as the insects that pollinate the plants we rely on for life.  A woman told me this week she almost drove off of the road a few times last summer as she took in the beauty of the plants growing last summer.  If things grow as planned she should probably simply pull over this summer and walk around, as we add hundreds of more plants including flowers, trees, grasses and shrubs.

We are gaining traction with the FFA program.  We have six new officers to run the program next year.  In April twelve members attended the State FFA Convention in Lincoln.  Three of the students competed in the State Welding Contest.  Josh Chavez finished second in the state in wire welding, missing first place by only .02 of a percent.  Avion Reed finished in the top ten percent of oxy-fuel welding, and Salvador Ceja finished in the top one half of arc welders.  They were competing with the best welders from across the state, and as a team received a blue ribbon. 

The last week in May the officer team will be going to Aurora for three days to the COLT conference where they will learn about leadership.  During the summer we will have a couple of activities, one being the Animal Barn at the Dawson County Fair.  Come get your picture sitting on the burro!

Be sure to stop by the greenhouse and look around.  We will be selling plants through the first week in June.  Profits go toward supporting our FFA activities.