NEWTON, NJ – Busloads of elementary children took over the FFA building last week for their annual Second Grader Day. The Newton High School students, in their FFA jackets hosted the young students giving them a tour of the facilities and several hands on experiences.
The second grade students were able to pet a calf and suggest a name for the young cow. They learned about rabbits. They created a corsage with carnations. They watched bees in a hive. They saw fish getting fed and learned to cast with a fishing pole.
Students went into the greenhouse where they potted plants. They tried their hand at a variety of animal calls and held baby chickens.
It was the first year for the observation bee hive, managed by Kass Wojcik. This year's FFA President has three hives at her home. She plans to attend Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania to study environmental science.
They learned about tying flies and hunting. Mike Reidmiller, vice president of the FFA has given the animal call demonstration all four of his years at Newton High School. He showed them deer, turkey and elk calls.
Michael Acosta and Matthew Rosa handled the cow station. Acosta works on the farm in Freedon where the calf lives. Rosa has a cow in Pennsylvania.
Alumni Mackenzie brought her rabbits for the second grader day. She has a Dutch and a Satin. The children got a coloring page to learn the rabbits’ body parts, helped by Hannah Holzhauer, Chris Brock and Nico Fiore.
Charlie Toepfer held the students attention in the aquatics room feeding the fish.
Kacie May, Harrison Reddlich and Sarah Irizarry handled the baby chickens, placing them in the hands of the bravest second grade children.
Though the greenhouse was filled with potted and hanging plants and flowers they were all spoken for. The plants are sold annually as part of a popular fundraiser for the FFA. Elijah Picaro, Kamran Yazdanfar and Kaitlyn Morreale helped the young students with their planting projects. One student will be moving to Florida to attend community college to study marine biology. Another will be heading out to University of Advancing Technology in Arizona.
Reese Ivaldi and Him Houlihan handled the fly fishing station. Ivaldi plans to attend Costal Carolina University for entrepreneur business studies. Houlihan will be attending Rowan for business management.
The Newton High School students are looking forward to their annual trip to the Adirondacks. For five days they will hike and fish and try out their skills near Lake Placid.