Ag mechanics reach out to first responders through project


Sample crosses on display.

Linda Maturino, Staff Writer

During these hard times, it is hard for teachers to find activities for their students that not only allows them to earn points but also be involved in their community. West’s ag mechanics students have been working on a project that is not only fun, but also allows them to be involved in their community. 

Mr. Kelly Longacre, with the help of his Ag Ed council members and  Mr. Jordan Karlburg, started an outreach project over Thanksgiving Break. By creating kits for their students to take home and complete the project, the assured there would be no supply problems.  The assignment was to create crosses and paint them with the U.S flag.  In the process, students are able to work on their time management skills, while also getting the practice they would if they were in class.

There are 30 West students working in this project. The goal is for each of them to create two to three crosses and deliver them to their closest fire or police station depending on their own location. Any extra crosses will be donated to the Local Veterans Hall and other organizations to be given to service men and women.