FFA students earn praise for aid work on hurricane relief

Sep 22, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

Riverton High School's FFA group earned soaring praise from the district's school board for its efforts to aid Houston's recovery of Hurricane Harvey.

Immediately after the hurricane's level of devastation became clear in late August, FFA began collecting donations to eventually take to Texas.

School board chair Lynette Jeffres said the work is "truly leadership in action."

New FFA advisor Taylor Haley said she knows people in Texas's ag community whose farms have been destroyed by the damage. That includes one acquaintance whose livestock were all killed.

Since FFAR00;began its collections, the back room of the career center has been filling up.

Students from other school districts -- including Shoshoni, Wind River and Lovell -- have also begun participating in Riverton's efforts.

The club will continue to collect donations through the end of the month before taking them down to Texas at the beginning of October.

Haley said the needs of Houston's schools have been somewhat forgotten as recovery efforts continue.

Elementary schools in Riverton are now collecting basic school supplies, which Haley and her crew will distribute to six school districts when they make a loop around Houston.

Haley said the club would also benefit from the donation of basic amenities -- like nonperishable food, toiletries and diapers -- to give to Texans who've essentially lost everything.

"They need to replace their life," she said.

The FFA students were also praised by school board members for their high performance at the Wyoming State FFA Convention in April.

Riverton easily placed first in the Greenhand Quizbowl competition, with five of the top six individual finishers all coming from Riverton.

Additionally, Cade Campbell became to first FFA student from Riverton to ever place first in the FFA Creed contest at state.

He'll now travel to Indianapolis to compete in nationals this October. School board member Larry Chouinard suggested that if he wins there, the district should provide a fire truck parade for him on Main Street.

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