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SVHS Hosts "Wake Up to Ag Day"
Since 1961, Sun Valley High School has had the privilege of being home to an incredible Agriculture Department. The department has worked hard to teach students about different types of agriculture, including agricultural mechanics. A big factor of our Agricultural department is our FFA (Future Farmers of America) club. This club has continuously been involved in all sorts of competitions and beautification projects for our school. Some competitions include dairy judging, tractor and truck driving, poultry judging, food science, and agricultural sales. Aside from the many awards members have won outside of school, Sun Valley’s FFA continues to be hands-on in the community. One of our biggest community events is called “Wake Up to AG Day.”
“Wake Up to Ag Day” has been highly successful in our school for the past 24 years, and the county for 25. The purpose is to educate our local third graders about the importance of agriculture in our lives and culture. These elementary school students have the opportunity to have hands on experiences with farm animals, learn about farm machine tools, and visit the greenhouses to learn about plants. Here at Sun Valley, we place different FFA members at each station to give the students a lesson in order to broaden their horizons as to what they may have perceived agriculture to be before their visit. This year our visitors left ecstatic at the amazing things they were able to do with us, but most importantly they left more educated on the realities of agriculture. Thanks to our amazing Agriculture teachers, Mr. Cochran and Mr. Latta, as well as administration, “Wake Up to Ag Day” will continue to be a yearly event at Sun Valley High School.
Filmed by Natalia Jaramillo
Written by: Rachael Goldson, Senior
Posted: May 14, 2012 by Carrie Mabry