Parent Teacher Magazine Rowan-Salisbury Schools Nov/Dec 2017 - Page 5

West Rowan High's Agriculture Academy NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest Visits to the WRHS's Agriculture Academy North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest visited West Rowan High earlier in October for the opportunity to tour the school's Agriculture Academy and their Farm to Table program. Forest heard about the school’s extraordinary program and wanted to see it firsthand. The tour was led by students in the WRHS FFA (Future Farmers of America) as they showcased their extraordinary model for innovative, inspiring, and engaging learning experiences. Forest was guided through the active learning environment where students have grown produce and livestock. At the end of the tour, Forest was invited to sample a few of the farm-to-table foods prepared by students. Lt. Gov. Forest stated on his Facebook page that, “West Rowan High School is one of our great North Carolina Public Schools that I would like to highlight. This school has incorporated a learning environment based around an Agricultural Curriculum with a Farm to Table focus. With one of the largest Future Farmers of America Chapters in the entire Southeast, West Rowan is truly preparing their students for a pathway to a successful career after graduation.” Students in the Agriculture Academy and the Farm to Table Program, learn industry-based skills in agriculture with focuses available in animal science, horticulture and agricultural mechanics. This allows students to take their agricultural knowledge to the next level in the farm-to-table program by learning how to cultivate, prepare, design and market meals using fresh and home-grown ingredients in a commercial restaurant environment. Students with similar interests and career goals participate in award- winning organizations such as Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Annabel Barr Honored Honoring Annabel Barr for raising over $6,000 for books for the RSS Summer Feed/Read Program Each summer the RSS School Nutrition Department sponsors a summer feeding program outreach. Buses reach communities across the county to feed children meals to ensure that they are receiving healthy meals over the summer. Starting last year, our district started collecting books and slightly used books to distribute with the meals. This ensure that students are nourishing their bodies and their minds. Annabel Barr wanted to do something special for children. So she not only raised over $6,000 to purchase books for the ‘Yum Yum’ bus, she also worked at the RSS warehouse to sort the books, and she rode along helping to serve students. Annabel was honored at the September school board meeting and announced that she would like to continue helping with the Summer Feed/Read program next year. Parent Teacher Magazine • November/December 2017 • 3