The Shelby FFA was invited by CHS as part of a community outreach day on March 15th.
Students from Shelby were able to experience not only some agribusinesses but industry that compliments the agriculture industry. Students ranging from 7th to 12th grade were divided into small groups and were hosted by not only CHS but other small businesses such as: Mark’s Tire and Alignment; Mark Ghekiere of D&J Specialties in Conrad; and Northern Seed, LLC.
At Northern Seed, the students listened to plant manager Jerome Bushnell about the day to day operation. They were also educated on seed cleaning and treatments, certified seed, commonly found pests, worker safety, warehouse operations, and weigh scale protocol.
Shannon McAllister of Mark’s Tire and Alignment took time out of his day to talk about everything you need to know about tires. Safety around tires was a big concern with Shannon as he explained the dangers of over and under inflation, extended tire wear, and properly sizing tires for the vehicle or implement needing them. Along with informative videos, many tires with various problems were on display for the kids to see. Shannon had the kids guess tire pressure on a trailer tire. The winner received a hat while everyone got a tire pressure gauge to take home with them.
Mark Ghekiere of D&J Specialties in Conrad was kind enough to bring a seemingly unless supply of fire extinguishers for the kids to practice with. The students not only had fun shooting off the devices they also learned where to aim in the event of fire and a little about the substance in the canisters. Many were surprised by its contents.
CHS played host for the day. They gave the kids a tour of the fertilizer holding facility and explained more about the day to day operations. Furthermore, they talked about safety. One point of emphasis was driving around their semi-trucks while on the highway. The kids were able to be in one of the truck’s “blind spots” and attempt to see a vehicle in that location while sitting in the cab of a semi. Some of the kids at the event had a driver’s license. This type of information is important for everyone’s safety while on the road. CHS also provided lunch and hats for the kids in attendance.
Pictures from the day are posted on the District FaceBook Page.