“We’re going to get actual samples the kids can work with and use to prepare for when they get out into the field,” McGown said. “This will help them recognize different kinds of soil and plants.”
Lessons the students learned in FFA have already paid off. In the natural resources and introduction to agriculture classes, students studied how to judge the quality of a river. They then spent several weeks evaluating the quality of Sand Creek and were able to produce reports for the local natural resources agency. They then compared the new reports with those from a decade ago to see if the quality of the river has changed.
Sanders and McDole were recognized at the chapter initiation meeting for being elected to district officer positions during the State FFA Conference over the summer. Becca McDole was elected as the vice-president of District 12 and Layne Sanders was elected as District 12’s Secretary. McGown expressed his pride for the young ladies’ new positions, as well as his gratitude for their service to GHS FFA.
“When I started at Greensburg, I started literally the day before school. Those two have been a tremendous help aiding me in understanding the community and school resources available,” McGown said. “They’ve shown fabulous leadership and personal integrity in making sure everything is as right as it can be. They were very welcoming and it has contributed to the success of current goals for the chapter and has helped us develop some new goals as well.”
McGown said the community support for the ag program has been phenomenal.
“I have had people literally on the streets asking how they can help the ag department and FFA. I’ve had businesses contact me instead of me having to go to them. The support from the community and the school has been fantastic,” McGown said.