Cie Harris, a WCHS senior English teacher, loves her micro mini piglet Olivia. That’s why she was thrilled to bring her for Agricultural Day for students to pet and feed.
Many students enjoyed up-close, hands-on interactions with numerous animals and learned from students in the high school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) club.
“She helps me as an emotional support animal,” said Harris. “There are a lot of kids with depression and anxiety and she helps them immensely when I’ve brought her to my classroom. She makes the whole room happy.”
Friday’s Ag Day was orchestrated by the high school’s FFA Club. Students set up exhibits outside the building where they could teach younger students and even peers about their animals. Students had the chance to ride a horse being led in her pen and in one area, students gathered around a cow and her calf. Other areas housed several breeds of goats and poultry.
Freshman Braelin Slaughter learned how to hold a Dominique hen. This particular breed of chicken is distinct in appearance with a rose comb and a heavy plumage of irregularly striped dark gray and light gray feathers.
“I’m the chicken who held the chicken,” joked Slaughter as she quickly handed off the hen. “I didn’t know what she was going to do and I was nervous about getting pecked. I’ve never held a chicken before.”
One popular hangout spot was the area with agriculture and farming equipment on display. Tractors were lined up with students sitting, walking around and listening to country music. Sophomore Braxton Hutchins sat atop his 1995 John Deere 5400.
“I bought it myself about five months ago and I worked hard for about two years because I had wanted one since I was 3,” said Hutchins. “I use it for bush hogging and setting out hay. This ain’t everybody’s ordeal you know. Some people like football but this is like my hobby. It’s been in the family and it’s life.”