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Industry, Atwater FFA students join in Ag Expansion Project

With the help of local industry volunteers, Atwater High School agriculture and mechanic students implemented their classroom and shop skills towards a school agriculture facility project designed to expand learning and skill-based opportunities for students. Agriculture students installed a small concrete slab designated for a new shed that will be utilized for increased student rabbit projects.

“The opportunity for students to work with industry professionals in a work-based industry related project allows student learning to be enhanced and make a connection towards what they learn in school and how it is relevant in the ‘real world’,” said agriculture department instructor Dan Flatt. “The experience serves as another opportunity for student involvement outside of the classroom.”

Representatives from Briscoe Enterprises, Triple C Inc., and Interstate Concrete Pumping volunteered their time to share their knowledge and assist the students with various skills. After the concrete was completed, a new shed was installed that will hold various rabbit project feed and supplies.

“We find an increase in pride and enthusiasm when students are part of the process and investment associated with our growing agriculture program and facility”, says agriculture department Sam Meredith. The project will result in more students being able to participate in rabbit projects for the fair and enhance learning lab opportunities associated with the Animal Science pathway courses.

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