JVS Students Educate Elementary Students at Local FFA Event

For the ninth consecutive year, Lorain County JVS student members of the National FFA Organization, participated in the ‘Food For America’ program, on Tuesday, October 9th at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington.

Third and fourth grade students from local school districts attended this event, where twenty-nine interactive displays were set up to engage the students and provide them with knowledge of the agricultural industry.

JVS FFA Chapter members, those students in the Landscape and Greenhouse Management and Industrial Equipment Mechanics programs, worked different stations throughout the fairgrounds.

The bee and honey station was manned by Savannah Roby, landscape and greenhouse management senior from Wellington and Skyler Mshabbek, landscape and greenhouse management junior from North Ridgeville. Students learned about bees, beekeeper attire and even got to taste honey that was harvested by the JVS students back on their campus.

Tommy Keller, landscape and greenhouse management senior from Midview, was a group leader this year and said, “I really enjoy walking around to each station and being able to discuss with the kids how these things impact their daily lives.”

Seeing how each generation of students is becoming further removed from the farm is what motivates Beth Berthold, Landscape and Greenhouse Management Instructor and JVS FFA Advisor, to bring her students back each year.

“If we can help just some students, learn about where their food comes from, and agriculture in general, I believe we have made a positive impact on our community,” shared Berthold.

Each group spent approximately 6 minutes at each station, where they learned about crops, tractors, maple syrup, beef meat, dairy cattle, recycling, and composting; just to name a few.

JVS student members of FFA are actively involved in FFA activities, programs and competitions on a monthly basis.

Food For America is a nationwide educational program that focuses on agricultural literacy in elementary schools and communities. It is a program developed to assist FFA members and all agricultural education students in leadership skill development as they reach out to youth, peers and their entire communities by sharing the world of agriculture.