The Cedar Springs FFA Agricultural Mechanics Team has received a $1,000 grant from the Michigan FFA Foundation. Funds from the grant are to be used to purchase and restore a 1937 Farmall F20 tractor. Mr. Larry Reyburn, FFA advisor for the group, said that the team has been very active this year and the decision to apply for the funds was an easy one.
“It is not difficult to ‘go the extra mile’ for a group that is willing to work hard,” he said. This year’s team is composed of Jerry Green, Justin Davis, Tyler Saviskas, and Brayden Bigney. Charles Nelson, and Dave Schoenborn have also been active on the project.
The tractor is being purchased from Tom Noreen, and the team will work on the tractor on the high school property after school hours. “This project is a positive in so many ways,” Reyburn reported. “The members will not only learn tractor restoration, but team work, cooperation, and planning,” he added.
The idea sprang from an event headed by two members last year. Jerry Green, team captain, headed up a project to restore the school’s FFA tractor when it broke down last year. Jerry was assisted by past chapter president, Brent Willett. Jerry and Brent preformed the lion’s share of the mechanical work and then transported the tractor to Scott Marsman’s residence for the sheet metal work and painting. Mr. Marsman is Brent’s stepfather and he was very instrumental in the finish work. “Mr. Marsman provided the shop, and technical help with the metal repair and he also painted the project himself,” Green stated. Advice and some mechanical work was also provided by Ross Merlington.
“We have received notification by other community members that they are willing to assist,” Reyburn noted. “It is our hope to have the project done this spring and have it ready for Red Flannel day and our Fall Harvest activities,” he added.
The group is very grateful to the Cedar Springs community for all the support they have received this year.