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Beddingfield High's $40,000 Grant from State Farm

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On Nov. 22, we celebrated the $40,000 grant the Beddingfield High Agriculture Program received from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Local representatives from State Farm (Kim Conyers, Aaron Whitener, Greg Monroe, Jana Lake, Chuck Finklea and Gary Davis) presented the check to Beddingfield Principal FT Franks, Agriculture Teacher/Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor Bryant Glover and the FFA students. Every student in the Career and Technical Education Program at Beddingfield was in attendance for the presentation.

“We at State Farm applaud your efforts and the huge impact you are going to have on your school and community,” said Mr. Davis.

The process for securing the funds began months ago when WCS Career Development Counselor Kelly Lindsey brought the funding to Mr. Glover’s attention. He worked out the details and was assisted in the writing process by WCS Grant Writer Stephanie Creech.

The $40,000 grant enables Beddingfield to expand its Agricultural Program and also to involve students attending Speight Middle, Darden Middle and Barnes Elementary. The Beddingfield students will teach the younger students about the process of growing food from seed to harvest and the process of raising animals, specifically chickens. The meat, eggs and crops produced through the project will be divided among the four schools for consumption and also donated to food banks.

“I am most excited about working with the younger generation to teach them new things,” said FFA Vice President Holly Williams. “It will give me a feel for teaching because that is what I would like to do after college.”

Mr. Glover praised Holly and her classmates and thanked Mr. Franks for giving him the opportunity to teach them. “I also want to thank my colleague Reuben Ledbetter for welcoming me. As teachers in this program, we often hear our students say the same thing - 'I wish I'd been a part of the Ag Program sooner' or 'I never knew where agriculture could take me.' This grant will allow us to reach younger students.”

Mr. Franks brought the presentation to a close by thanking State Farm for its generosity and reminding the students that he and the rest of the staff at Beddingfield are proud of them and recognize the significance of the Agriculture Program.

“I also want to thank Mr. Glover again,” said Mr. Franks. “He has complimented Beddingfield since he arrived and made it better. Now he has also made it richer because of the grant funds.”

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