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Schools take part in Ag in Classroom
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GROVETON — Stephanie Meshell continued the tradition her father, Dewitt, began many years ago and hosted "Ag in the Classroom" at her ranch near Groveton last week. Trinity County Farm Bureau sponsored the annual event for all fourth graders in the county. Trinity, Apple Springs, Centerville and Groveton students traveled to the ranch on Wednesday, May 1 to learn about agriculture, safety and other related topics. Almost 200 students, aides and teachers participated. Several stations manned by various agencies were set up to visit with the youngsters and tell them about the different aspects of farming and ranching. Following each group spending at least 30 minutes at each station they were fed hotdogs and played some games. Prior to the "Ag in the Classroom," the Farm Bureau sponsored a poster contest at each school. The winners were presented monetary prizes following the lunch. Groveton winners were 1st Kaylin Magee, 2nd Kirsten Garbs and 3rd Chastity Blair. Trinity winners were 1st Marissa Oliva, 2nd Emilo Llanos and 3rd Bryan Bush. Apple Springs winners were 1st Kacie Northcutt, 2nd Lola Pillows and 3rd Kathryn Turner. Centerville winners were 1st Kacie Mott, 2nd Manuel Mediano and 3rd Lexie May. These posters will be on display at the Farm Bureau office for about a month and then each youngster may get their poster. Southwest Dairy Center of Sulphur Springs sent a milk cow. Employees Kayler Campbeu and Larry Graham presented this exhibit to the youngsters. Others presenting information included Debbie and Sonny Rollo, who brought their horse "Diablo" to the "Ag in the Classroom". The youngsters who had never been on a horse were allowed the first chance to take a short ride. Department of Public Safety Trooper Keith White talked about all aspects of safety and demonstrated his equipment such as overhead lights etc to the youngsters. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Randy Watts assisted by DA Investigator Travis Haygood discussed game and fish laws as well as safety and showed the youngsters the TPWD boat. Texas Forest Service employees Jeff Durant and Brittany Compton talked about their agency and about wildfires. They attempted to emphasize some causes of fires and what the youngsters should be careful about. Kevin Pierce showed the students the dozer he uses to help fight fires.