Taking Education Beyond
Student Content by Aliah Almaguer
Getting a good education doesn’t always mean staying in a classroom.
That’s the idea that the Judson High School chapter of the FFA is all about
and they’re passing it on to the district’s youngest students.
Future Farmers of America, or FFA, is one of the larger organizations at
Judson High School. The program is designed to help students learn how
to raise animals, farm for sustainability, and grow crops, among many
Each year, The Barnyard Committee
meets to plan a showing for elementary
school students. The committee leader
junior Mallori Johnson, along with
co-chairs senior Joshua Borg
and sophomore Haley Klar,
facilitated the visit.
“We put together the commit-
tee in the beginning of the
year and students create short
scripts to educate the children
in areas that entertain them,”
agricultural science teacher
Lauren Henderson said.
On November 21, the organi-
zation welcomed elementary
students from Elolf, Converse,
Crestveiw, Copperfield, Olympia, and Hopkins to the barns to showcase
their work, and introduce them to the
“Showing kids what FFA has to offer and what they do, the kids start
wanting to raise animals of their own,” junior Klar said.
The young students that arrive at the barn were amazed by the animals,
as many of them have never seen them at a school, or even that close up.
More so, the elementary school teachers were ecstatic to see their stu-
dents have a great time admiring the rabbits, baby chicks, and “Oakley”
“It’s an amazing feeling
teaching the younger chil-
dren about FFA. They get so
excited about it and are just
so amazed because most of
them have never seen a farm
animal up close and getting
to see them get so interested
in the shows is amazing,”
The organization displays
lambs, chickens, goats, rab-
bits, cattle, swine and plants.
FFA students help the young
derstand the terminology, use and care of all the animals,
complete with props.
“We ask the kids questions, or try to play games with them
or ask about how their experience was with the animals to
try and get them to interact and feel comfortable,” Henderson said.
They also included what consumer products come from what is raised on
farms and ranches too. In addition, the tour included a trip to the green-
house where the young students learned about the photosynthesis cycle.
But the most popular part with the kids is usually the animals. “We hear
the kids all the time saying how they want to raise their own farm animals
or that they can’t wait to come back again to see the animals,” Henderson
said. “There have even been a few kids that have come back in the follow-
ing year happy to see and learn about FFA again.”
This is a yearly event that the FFA puts on to showcase their program to
younger students in an effort to recruit them when they enter high school.
It is a benefit to both the high school students and the elementary stu-
dents because they get to experience learning about animals and have an
opportunity to have an idea about job choices in their future.
“Showing kids what FFA has to offer and
what they do, the kids start wanting to raise
animals of their own,”
Sophomore Haley Klar
As a part of the Adopt-A
-School program that
College initiated earlier
this year, kinder students
from Salinas Elementary
School were invited to
get a taste of the college
experience. They were
given a tour of the cam-
pus and what going to a
college campus is all
about. While they were
there, the school hosted
an Easter egg hunt on
the grounds and later, to
wrap up the day, they
were given the chance to
dress up in a cap and
gown to take a gradua-
tion walk like a real
NLC Gives Kindergarten Students Taste of College Life
Judson FFA members show students
Elementary students take in a
demonstration by Judson FFA