Organizations partner to support Ag education


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



The Grayson County High School Agriculture Advisory Board and various local organizations recently partnered to purchase laptops for GCHS agriculture students.

During the Agriculture Advisory Board’s semi-annual meeting on Monday, Dec. 21, the members learned that GCHS agriculture classes are now using laptop computers for class in lieu of traditional textbooks.

The classes initially had only 11 laptops to be shared among classes of 20 to 25 students, resulting in difficulty providing each student the necessary information in a timely manner, according to GCHS Agriculture Advisory Board Member Bob Hatfield.

There are currently 250 to 300 students taking agriculture classes at GCHS, said Hatfield.

To remedy this, the Agriculture Advisory Board began seeking out financial assistance to purchase a minimum of nine additional laptops for the classes, bringing the total to 20, Hatfield said.

Numerous local organizations contributed to the cause, for a total of $7,650 raised to purchase nine additional laptops, according to Hatfield.

“Obviously it will be a great addition to the program,” GCHS Agriculture Education Teacher Brian Newton said of the contribution. “We’re appreciative of it.”

The contributions were as follows:

Grayson County Farm Bureau – $2,000

Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. – $850

Grayson County Cattlemen – $850

Escue Wood Preserving – $850

Limestone Farm Lawn and Worksite – $850

The Cecilian Bank – $500

Todd Ray DVM – $500

Hobdy Dye & Read – $500

Wright Implement – $500

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union – $200

Bank of Clarkson – $50

“The Grayson County Agriculture Department, the High School Agriculture students, and the Agriculture Advisory Board would like to thank the contributors for their generosity in helping us reach this goal,” Hatfield said.

The GCHS Agriculture Advisory Board consists of Chairman Clay Leverrone, Secretary Daron Bell, Laura Green, Warren Barton, Brad Clemons, Ryan Hatfield, and Bob Hatfield.

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By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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