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FFA members show dedication to fall activities


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Rain or shine, FFA members show their dedication to agriculture. Cedar Springs FFA held their annual Fall “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” on September 30. The men and women braved the storm to participate in their favorite event. Over 15 members drove their tractors to school that Friday. Those who drove received a complimentary breakfast featuring FFA made syrup and will be receiving a free t-shirt for participating. Drive Your Tractor to School Day is among the favorite events the club puts on throughout the year.

n-ffa2Along with braving the storm on Friday, many members were also out in the elements Saturday morning, October 1, to make last minute preparations to finish the Red Flannel Day float. With a lot of help through the two weeks prior, the float turned out wonderfully. Red Flannel Day was an exciting opportunity to get members involved with one of the oldest festivals around, with the Cedar Springs FFA chapter being only six years younger than the festival. Thank you to all members who participated in Drive Your Tractor to School Day, and those who worked especially hard on the Red Flannel Day float. Everyone knows that tractors are one of the most distinguishable tools in agriculture; they are staple in many of the FFA’s activities like Harvest Day.

n-ffa1On October 14, the club hosted Harvest Day—a day dedicated to agriculture—for the second grade students at Beach Elementary. While fall is typically associated with picking apples, corn mazes, and celebrating the new season, the club took this time to celebrate agriculture, educate, and have fun with tomorrow’s agriculturists. Each class was picked up by tractor and hay wagon, where they climbed aboard to travel to the corn maze. A big thank you goes out to the tractor drivers, David Schoenborn and Nathan Schoen, for keeping the students safe and smiling while traveling to and from school. Pictures soon followed as the second graders got broken into small groups; each FFA member helper on the wagon was assigned four students to lead. The high school helpers found small groups allowed them to talk and learn more about the students in the short amount of time they had together. As each group entered the FFA corn maze and wandered to its exit, they received an apple and milk as a reward. As they munched their apple and drank their milk, they were able to tour an amazing children’s barnyard put on by FFA members with help from Brayden Bigney. By the smiles on each of their faces, it was evident they had a wonderful time in the maze and the barnyard. The Cedar Springs FFA put hours into planning and setting up this wonderful event. Thank you to to FFA chairperson Madison Strain for heading up the entire event. Each second grade class spent 45 minutes going through the rotation. Before they climbed back on the wagon, each student received a coloring book -it was put together by a club member- all about crops and animals. The smiles on the second grade students showed the success of the event. A big thank you goes out to all who helped and supported the event from around the school and community.

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FFA Ag Olympians Compete


Pictured from left to right, Cedar FFA Secretary Ceclia Brandt, POA chairperson MyKenzie Gage, State FFA Treasurer Jose Cervantes, Cedar FFA President Nate Schoen, State FFA Region V Vice President Madeline Meyers, Cedar FFA Sentinel Cade Hall, Cedar Reporter Madison Strain and Cedar Historian Diane Howe.

Pictured from left to right, Cedar FFA Secretary Ceclia Brandt, POA chairperson MyKenzie Gage, State FFA Treasurer Jose Cervantes, Cedar FFA President Nate Schoen, State FFA Region V Vice President Madeline Meyers, Cedar FFA Sentinel Cade Hall, Cedar Reporter Madison Strain and Cedar Historian Diane Howe.

By FFA Reporter Madison Strain

There is nothing more fun than some healthy competition and games revolving around agriculture. Monday, September 19, the Cedar Springs FFA Chapter held their annual Ag Olympics. The event was open to all students and was a great opportunity to publicize the club. State officers Madeline Meyer and Jose Cervantes were invited to take part in the event,

The afternoon consisted of a round bail roll, square bail toss, pitchfork javelin toss, sack race, milk chugging, and an egg toss. Competition ran high during the pitchfork toss in particular, which was a difficult game to win. Adam Parker, the first place winner, won by pure luck. The sack race was a real tumble for many contestants but in the end Adam Parker and Nate Schoen prevailed. The milk chug was the most entertaining event of the afternoon. Boys and girls lined up with their cup of milk in hand, waiting for the signal to start. The contestants gulped down milk, some dripping more than others, with a result of Ian Savickas taking first place. State officers Maddie and Jose took first place in the round bail roll.

They concluded the evening with pizza and prizes. Ag Olympics had a nice turnout of about 25 students. The chapter was eager to host the event to show the state officers what the Cedar Springs chapter was all about. It was a successful event to gain new members while celebrating agriculture. Thank you to Madeline Meyer and Jose Cervantes for attending and to all of the students who got involved!

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Historical Society raises funds with car show


N-Car-show1It was like a throwback to another era seeing some of the old cars traveling the roads in town last Saturday. They were here for the Cedar Springs Historical Society’s annual car show, held last Saturday, July 30, in Morley Park.

N-Car-show2“The 2016 Summer Car Show was a wonderful success,” said Sharon Jett, Co-director at the museum. “We had 65 registered cars and more cars that did not register.”

Pat Patin filled the air with her fun oldies music and served as announcer. Marie and Nolan Patin did sand art with anyone interested in creating a little piece of art. The FFA students from Cedar Springs High School sold coffee and donuts as a fundraiser for their organization.

“Meijer Corporation brought their food bus in and served a free grilled hot dog lunch to the public,” added Jett. “They handed out hundreds of lunches and helped make our show fun for everyone.”

Behind the scenes they had many more people taking care of the museum visitors and even dealing with a plumbing disaster.

Ken Tuinstra won best of show with his 1955 Bel Air. They also named winners of the top 19 cars.

Jett said that this show is important for the money it helps raise to sustain operations without charging admission. So they are grateful to the many businesses that help sponsor the show and make it a success. “Without their generosity, this car show would not be able to support our family programs throughout the year. We are very grateful for their help,” she said.

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FFA: Learning to Do


Josh and Tanner collecting sap for FFA Syrup Project

Josh and Tanner collecting sap for FFA Syrup Project

By Madison Strain and Mykenzie Gage

More than ever, the Cedar Springs FFA is giving their students many opportunities to learn by doing. The FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,” is especially held true as the members work together with older mentors.

One great opportunity is the Maple Syrup Project. The members work alongside FFA boosters Steve Schmidt, Dave Dunaven, Rick Sevey, and Randy House; the high school’s kitchen crew; and many others. These boosters are entering their third year of showing members how to use a forest to produce a very profitable and desired product. When working to complete this product, the workers must complete the following steps: Start by washing the buckets, next tap the trees and hang the buckets. Members must go out and collect sap every day when the weather is right. After all of the sap is collected, it is time to boil. Boiling time will be greatly reduced this year, due to a reverse osmosis process that FFA booster and alumni Rick Sevey created. So far this year, the Cedar Springs FFA has collected over 1,600 gallons of sap, which is nearly half of their yearly haul last year.

Along with the Maple Syrup Project, they also manage a project called the Land Lab. Committee members work to raise crops, which they later sell to help fund the chapter. They also put the money towards buying new equipment to keep the project running. The Land Lab is located on nine acres of land broken into two sections near the middle school and high school. The members grow corn and soybeans on the land. A portion of the land is also reserved for a community service project called the Community Garden where members provide garden plots for use by the community.  Project Land Lab is supported by the community members, FFA boosters, and alumni. They help by mentoring the committee members, providing equipment and its operation and often give feed and fertilizer donations to support the project.

As a part of the “Learning to Do” experience, FFA members plan fundraisers to raise money and a greater awareness of their program. The middle school and high school FFA programs got together to raise money on February 27. Their chapter sold meat sticks, homemade maple syrup, and baked goods to the public. These specific fundraisers were sponsored by Tractor Supply Co. and Family Farm and Home, whom are two big supporters of the FFA Chapter. Not only does Tractor Supply Co. support FFA in their fundraising, but they also offer a grant program to help with projects such as the community garden area. During the Spring the FFA prepares garden plots for the community.

This Spring, the chapter is focusing their work around the motto “Learning to Do.” With the help of community mentors and boosters, the FFA members will gain new knowledge on agricultural tasks such as making maple syrup or learning to plant crops. The FFA motto is just one way the chapter will achieve its mission of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.

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Maple Syrup Contest


Congratulations to the FFA for finishing 2nd place in the “Best of the West” Maple Syrup ContestCSPS-FFA-group-photo

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FFA seeks gardeners


By FFA Reporter Riley Ross

Do you like fresh produce? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you concerned about what chemicals might be in your food? Well the Cedar Springs FFA has just the thing for you! The FFA is sponsoring community gardens again this year. Under this program community members can utilize 20 x 20 garden plots. Residents can grow vegetables, fruit, and even flowers!

The FFA is providing tillage, seed, fertilizer, and water. FFA members have worked after school and several Agriscience classes have been involved in the work and planning of this community service project.

“This not only allows our members to learn by doing, but they also have a hand in a great community service project,” remarked advisor Larry Reyburn.

The Chapter is asking for a nominal fee of $20 to offset costs, however, scholarships are available for those seeking assistance.  “This is not a hand out, but a hand up”, added Reyburn. “It is our hope that we can especially offer this program to area residents that would like to produce their own food with their own efforts!”

Please contact Larry Reyburn if interested larry.reyburn@csredhawks.org.

 

 

 

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FFA Celebrates end of a great year and starts another


By: Riley Ross

 

The Cedar Springs High School’s FFA organization was proud to throw the 69th Annual Awards Banquet in late April. The FFA leadership students for 2013-2014 Justin Davis-President, David Schoenborn-Vice President, Kevin DeCanter-Secretary, Nate Schoen-Reporter, John Spangenburg-Treasurer, Tyler Savickas-Sentinel, and Jeff Davis-Historian, took the opportunity to help make the amazing night happen. Many FFA members were honored and congratulated on winning top awards like the State Outstanding Junior award, Top Salesman, and Honorary FFA member.

To kick off the 2014-2015 year, the newly elected officers went to the Shack for their yearly meeting/get together to understand their responsibilities as officers. The new leaders are David Schoenborn-President, Erika Cardinal-Vice President, Riley Ross-Reporter, Nate Schoen-Treasurer, Jeff Davis-Sentinel, and Tyler Savickas as Historian.

With the arrival of spring, to show their Cedar Springs Country Pride, the FFA sponsored their annual “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” on May 9th. More than 15 students and members had a blast showing off their unique ride front of the school.  At the conclusion of the day the group paraded around the grounds before leaving for home.

UPCOMING FFA EVENTS:

May 23rd Dam Bike Ride – Join us for a trip down the Whte Pine to Rockford!

July 9th and 10th State Leadership Conference for Chapter Officers

July 15th FFA trip to Ag. Expo and State Tractor driving contest

July 16th Dairy judging contest

 

 

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FFA develops sweet fundraiser


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By Judy Reed

 

The FFA club at Cedar Springs High School and several farmers in the area worked together to create a completely new project for the students to learn about agriculture—they tapped maple trees and boiled it down into maple syrup to sell.

According to teacher Larry Reyburn, who leads the FFA, Dave Dunavan and Steve Schmidt approached him about the project, and about six students signed on for it.  Dunavan owns property next to Cedar Springs Middle School on 16 Mile, so he tapped several of his trees, and others there on the school property.

“We had about 125-150 taps in,” said Dunavan.

The students hauled the buckets of sap away and another farmer, Rick Sevey, boiled it down into maple syrup for them.

“They caught on quick,” said Dunavan. “It was a learning process and everyone had a good time. “ He said the busiest time for the sap occurred during spring break, but several of the students showed up anyway.

Reyburn said they ended up with about 10 gallons of syrup to sell to raise money for the group. They sold some at community night, and have been selling it at school. The cost is $12 per pint.

If anyone is interested in buying some to help support the FFA, they can call Larry Reyburn at the high school at 696-1200.

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FFA treats kids to harvest fun


A group of students from Mr. Harmon’s class peeks through the corn. Post photo by J. Reed.

A group of students from Mr. Harmon’s class peeks through the corn. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs High School FFA group gave second-graders at Beach Elementary a harvest time treat Wednesday. Classes were taken on a hayride to the nearby Middle School, and allowed to go through the corn maze the high school students created to the north of the school. They also had the opportunity to pet and feed some farm animals—cows, a goat with a seemingly bottomless stomach, chickens and rabbits. The kids loved getting up close and personal with animals.

When they left, each student was given a goody bag with milk, an apple, and coloring sheets to help them remember the special day.

Feeding the animals was a prized activity. Post photo by J. Reed.

Feeding the animals was a prized activity. Post photo by J. Reed.

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Museum to showcase historic woodworking skills


 

Rex VanHorn, Jr. will be on hand at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum on Red Flannel Day, Saturday, October 5, to demonstrate his woodworking skills. He will be making buckets, barrels, kitchenware, brooms and other wood products using only vintage hand and foot-powered tools (nothing electric).  Please stop by to see him.

While you are there, take a look at the antique tractors and running farm equipment that will be on display again in Morley Park. Older farm trucks, miscellaneous farm equipment, implements and other items will be on display. The FFA will also have a food both set up there.

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