- Last Updated on 07:50 AM 03/25/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) is a mentoring program of the National FFA Organization that matches FFA members with elementary students.
High school agriculture students act as mentors to teach young students about the science and business of agriculture. They also serve as positive role models, helping their mentees learn to set goals and build positive self-esteem.
Along the way, both the FFA member and the elementary student learn the value of helping others.
Through the PALS program, high school and elementary students develop special, one-to-one relationships, while exploring their interests in plants, animals and the world around them. As a result, the younger students become more interested and engaged in agriculture.
PALS allows FFA members to help increase awareness of agriculture and environmental science in elementary school youth and the community.
National Teach Agriculture Day, Tuesday, March 19, members from the Halifax County High FFA Chapter participated in the PALS program at Sinai Elementary School. FFA members grouped together to instruct third graders on the importance of America’s leading industry, agriculture.
Each group taught two third grade classes a lesson concerning either natural resources or animal science.
FFA members Ellen Crowder, Chelsea Poole, Lauren Spangler, Ellen Stollar and Joanna Velazquez shared their knowledge of animal science.
FFA members worked with third graders to increase their knowledge of bovine care, products and by-products of the beef industry.
Third graders not only learned that baseballs and soap come from cattle, but also students learned how to make ice cream in a plastic Ziploc bag.
FFA members Katie Bowen, Allison Rudder, Morgon Slagle, Jacob Wooding and Jeb Young discussed natural resources with their third grade classes. Students learned of the soil horizons, the water cycle and food chains. Students created their own soil profile in a cup and then planted a seed.
Sinai third graders will enjoy caring for their seed and watching it grow, while remembering the value and importance of agriculture taught to them by FFA members of Halifax County High School.
The Halifax County High School FFA Chapter expressed appreciation to Sinai Elementary School Principal Kevin Neal, teachers Holly Owen, Anne Nichols and Elizabeth Fowlkes for allowing them to share their enthusiasm and agricultural knowledge during this year’s National Agriculture Week.