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FFA hosts 40th annual Kindergarten Ag Day

first_img FFA hosts 40th annual Kindergarten Ag DayApril 27, 2019Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0 Top Searches Top Searches PastorHoopWEST PreviousSenior Profile- Gracie Roades, North Adams High SchoolNextCTC named School of the Week Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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(Photo by Patricia Beech)More than 800 Kindergarten and preschool children from Adams County’s three school districts, on Wednesday, April 24, attended the 40th annual Kindergarten Ag Day at the county fairgrounds in West Union.The event is sponsored by the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center’s (CTC) FFA Chapter with support from instructors Brad White (Ag Mechanics) and Luke Rhonemus (Ag Business).Students from the CTC’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program also participated in the event.Acting as group leaders, the ECE students led the children on guided tours through 19 different stations featuring agricultural and out-door-based activities such as: beekeeping, fishing, hunting, pedal-tractor races, a life-size Jenga game, a corn pit for kids to play in, and a petting zoo with cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, kittens, mice, and even snakes.New this year – a Cow Train consisting of ten kid-size cars made from repurposed plastic industrial barrels. The Cow Train’s owner, Heidi Price, is an Ag Business student at the CTC.Now in her junior year, White says she purchased the train from a Blue Creek family for $500. While her original plan to earn money by offering rides to kids at area shows and festivals didn’t work out, she says she gets something even better in return.“It hasn’t made any money, but I like making kids happy,” she says. “It makes me feel like a better person, and the smiles on their faces makes everything better.”Kindergarten Ag Day event draws approximately 1,000 people – kids and family members – to the fairgrounds each year.Originated by former CTC instructors Corbett Phipps and Gary McDowell, the first Kindergarten Ag Day was held in 1979 at Brad White’s family farm located between West Union and Bentonville.White, who was five years old at the time, attended the event with his kindergarten class.He says the continued success of K-Ag Day is due primarily to the CTC students who put time and effort into making it a memorable experience for their younger counterparts.“The Kindergarten Ag Day committee begins planning in September,” White told the Defender. “The kids work on it throughout the year because you just can’t have a successful event like this without months of preparation.”Community members also stepped up to help with the event including: OSU Extension Agent Kristy Watters, Adams County Beef Queen Carlie Cluxton, and the Cantrell Company in Winchester donated 800 half pints of milk.In a previous interview with the Defender, Ag Business instructor Luke Rhonemus said K-Ag Day is about connecting kids to their roots.“We want them to understand what agriculture is all about and where their food comes from,” Rhonemus said. “Kids might see a tractor or a combine on the road because Adams County is such a huge agricultural county, but we want them to know what it’s all about and to be proud of living in a county where agriculture is one of the leading industries.”Ohio Valley School Superintendent Richard Seas said the district supports K-Ag Day not only because Adams County is an agricultural community, but also because it offers a broader approach to educating children.He said the kind of interaction that occurs between the younger and older students during K-Ag Day represents an important, often ignored side of education.“This is part of educating the whole child,” Seas said. “While the state has skewed everything toward testing, we need to bring that barometer back to where we’re looking at the whole child, not just test scores, and activities like this help us do that.”White agrees. “My hope is that this event will help our students become better citizens who work to make the community a better place. If that happens, then I think we’ve done our job.” he Cow Train, owned by CTC student Heidi Price, was a big hit with the young and old at Wednesday’s Kindergarten Ag Day. 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