April 16th, 2012
06:45 AM ET

When your school bus is a tractor

By Carl Azuz, CNN

(CNN) – If you saw a school parking lot filled with tractors – and the school has already been built – you’d probably have some questions. And that’s exactly what the students at Auburndale High School in Wisconsin were hoping for on their annual “Bring Your Tractor to School” day.

“Students show great pride in their agricultural heritage and their background and where they come from,” said Mark Cournoyer, who teaches agriculture at Auburndale. In a farming community, there’s no shortage of tractors to help them do that; about 30 students were expected to participate.

The tradition is now in its fifth year. It takes the machines on a parade through town, stopping at an elementary school to impress the kids. Then, the heavy-duty procession rolls on to the high school, where the tractors are parked and the message fires up.

According to Jackie Breuch, a junior at Auburndale High and the event’s organizer, “There are a lot of farmers around, so pretty much you know a farmer, friends with a farmer.” So this, first and foremost, is a chance for current and future farmers to promote their trade.

It’s also an opportunity to discuss tractor safety, and as the machines are driven by students, you can imagine their message carrying more weight than the stuff you heard in driver’s ed.

The tractor-shaped cookies sold at lunchtime will pay for more than diesel: Participants are saving for a trip to the Washington Leadership Conference in June or July. In attendance will be the Future Farmers of America.

While that benefit won’t be tangible for a couple months yet, it could help these students – and the rest of us – for decades to come.

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  1. michael

    FFA needs to expand its vision, clear into the inner city. while the yuppy Communitist* like in community* do take a common and let individuals mostly for their own table, a very few are set up on a for profit basis.Unfortunately there is a large economic and cultural divide between A Farmer and a buisness licensed tax cheating urban and a suburan Horse, Llama, and sheep farm. Oh well, such is life.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  2. Jamesmettingjr

    Neet cuz we all eat!

    April 17, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  3. Julie

    Our rural school does this every year as part of FFA week.

    April 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm |