Grant will benefit Okeene agricultural education students
Okeene, Okla., agricultural students will benefit from a $65,500 grant from the Wisdom Family Foundation. The grant funded two projects for Okeene FFA: a 24' x 40' teaching greenhouse and a 24' Cimarron livestock trailer.
Earlier last summer, Clayton Fisher, Okeene FFA advisor and agricultural education instructor, visited with the Wisdom Family Foundation and explained the benefits these two projects would make toward the Okeene agricultural programs and students. The Wisdom Foundation later presented the grant to Okeene FFA for $65,500.
The first project was for an aluminum 24' x 8' Cimarron "Showstar" Gooseneck Trailer. The polished aluminum trailer has removable pens in order to haul both large and small livestock projects. This trailer also has a rear ramp, floor mats, custom air vents, and lighting. The Okeene FFA has used this trailer numerous times already, and it will benefit many livestock exhibitors currently and into the future.
The second project, a 24' x 40' Wind Jammer Teaching Greenhouse, was just completed in mid-January. Okeene FFA students were highly involved in completing this project. Students first took down the old greenhouse, dug ditches for water and gas lines, installed two new water hydrants, poured concrete for the walkway and built the new plant tables. The greenhouse was ordered through and built by American Plant Products from Oklahoma City. The computerized greenhouse has heating and cooling components, which are programmed to keep the greenhouse at a constant temperature. The new greenhouse has a concrete floor and all twin wall polycarbonate paneling. After the old gooseneck trailer was sold, the Okeene FFA purchased and built new plant tables from the money it received from the trailer sale.
The Okeene FFA will use this greenhouse for classroom instruction, spring plant sales, and community projects. The eighth grade Ag, Ag I, and Horticulture students have already used the greenhouse and have been involved in seeding and transplanting new plants.
Ron Pittman, Okeene Schools superintendant, said that he appreciated the "awesome" support from the Wisdom Family Foundation and that this donation moves the Okeene agricultural program ahead for the future.
Fisher said, "These two projects are a huge leap forward from the old livestock trailer and greenhouse." He also said, "I am grateful for the Wisdom Family Foundation involvement with agricultural students, and thankful they know the importance of agricultural education for students."