UPDATED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:42pm
Waco, Tx — On Thursday, hundreds of Central Texas kids from around McLennan County showed off their pigs in Waco, as a part of the Annual Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair.
Midway ISD officials say the Future Farmers of America, or FFA Program affords students a chance to develop important life skills, such as teamwork, proper budgeting, communication, and more. More than 420 students from third through twelfth grades participate in the program at Midway ISD. And, the program seems to keep getting more and more popular amongst the kids.
"The kids don't just learn responsibility and learn about animals, but they learn leadership skills. They are learning skills that will help them, even if they don't pursue a career in something in the agricultural realm. They are learning skills that will help them in teamwork and commitment and projects," said Ashley Canuteson, Midway ISD's District Coordinator for Career and Technical Education.
Midway ISD also opened a new Agriculture Instructional Facility last weekend, which was made possible through left over bond money from the district.