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Students Celebrate FFA Week by Driving Tractors to School

“This is all I have heard about for probably for two or three weeks, is when can we drive our tractors to school. I said well you got to wait until national FFA week. So it's finally here and they are beyond excited."

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Before sunrise Tyler Hull dropped off his car and revved up the trailer for his ride to Spring Mills High School.

"It’s a little earlier than I normally wake up for school. I was planning to wake up at 5:30 but I got up a little late," he said. 

It’s not your normal way to get to school, but Hull said it’s a way to bring attention to National Future Farmers of America week.

"It’s just kind of to get our name out there and maybe a couple of people on the side of the road see us driving and say 'Hey what are they doing?', and they will see us going over to the high school and they might come in and ask about a class they can take and join FFA,” said Hull.

The FFA members driving trailers big and small lined up in the faculty parking lot. Teacher, Tyler Butts says the boys have been anxious for "Take Your Tractor to School Day" for weeks.

“They are really excited,” said Butts. “This is all I have heard about for probably for two or three weeks, is when can we drive our tractors to school. I said well you got to wait until national FFA week. So it's finally here and they are beyond excited."

The National FFA has more than 30 members at this school. This week gives them a chance to show their peers that it's more than just farming.

"You can make money doing it, showing hogs, steers and other things like that, and it's also a fun thing that can get you out of some of your classes for different competitions that you get to do. And not only that, you get to learn about the earth, soil and farming,” said Brent Cuswa, a member of FFA.

But Butts wants his students to think beyond the classroom.

"I just want them to be able to get out and capture multitudes of people and not just the classes that they are in,” said Mr. Butts. “I want them to get their friends and family into it.

For the students it’s a way to showcase a small piece of home.

"It’s a lot of pride in doing it. I have fun doing it,” said Cuswa. “It is a way to represent everyone else and get more people brought into FFA."

The group at Spring Mills High School has a full week of entertainment planned including a hay bale toss and a pedal tractor pull.


 



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