Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Here are a few photos from the show and information about how our youth placed. Feel free to leave comments (even if they are anonymous) and we will pass on your congratulations to our youth!
Javen, 10th place (Category - AOB)
Markies, 11th place (Category - Chianina)
Clifton, 11th place (Category - AOB)
Jose, 4th place (Category - Chianina)
Tyler, 1st place (Category - Chianina)
Jocolby, 2nd place (Category - Black OPB)
Jon, 4th place (Category - Black OPB)
Hayden, 3rd place (Category - Black OPB) and 4th place (Category - Hampshire)
Trent, 1st place (Category - Black OPB) and 6th place (Category - Hampshire)(
James, 5th place (Category - Hampshire)
Stuart, 6th place (Category - Yorkshire)
Ryan, 8th place (Category - Southdown)
Dion, 7th place (Category - Southdown)
Mario, 6th place (Category - Southdown)
3rd place overall in Sweepstakes
1st place and division champion – trailer
1st place and division champion – bbq pit
2nd place and reserve division champion – folding stool
Red award – can crusher in yard convenience
Blue award – gun rack in woodworking
Red award – toy box in woodworking
Red award – cedar clock in woodworking
White award – cedar lamp in electrical
Clayton, 2nd place (Category- Decorated cakes)
David, 3rd place (Category - Photography)
Nick, 2nd place (Category - Photography)
Sam, Honorable Mention (Category - Photography)
Nick, Honorable Mention (Category - Art)
Hayden, Honorable Mention (Category - Photography)
Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Heart of Texas Fair! And special recognition goes to the first Waco campus youth to show animals through FFA. You girls did a wonderful job with your goats and we are proud of you! We apologize to any students who were left out. If you notice someone is missing, let us know.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Several boys from the Ranch shared the story of how their lives have been impacted by life at Methodist Children's Home. In fact, one young man gave us permission to share his comments here on the blog so that you can hear his testimony. Click here to read Chris's inspiring story.
Reverend Travis Franklin from Salado brought the Tuesday evening message and encouraged Commissioners to provide light in the darkness for youth in need of guidance and support.
for 12 years, shared inspiring stories from MCH alumni.
On Wednesday morning, the Commissioners gathered at the Johnson Student Center on the Waco campus and heard reports and stories from a variety of departments across the organization. The highlight of the morning was a special performance by the MCH Charter School choir.
Methodist Children's Home Commissioners are nominated by MCH development staff or benefactors and serve as liaisons for the Home. Commissioners help raise funds and promote Methodist Children's Home in their churches and communities across Texas and New Mexico.
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I remember when I first stepped into the Ag classroom, the frustration I had at the world and at myself. I wasn’t interested in this, and it seemed like I wasn’t good at anything I tried. I couldn’t weld, I couldn’t cut metal, I couldn’t do anything.
Then one day, Mr. Kuretsch and Mr. Kruse had an idea. They pulled me over and asked me if I would cut out this pattern with the scroll saw. As I presented my finished work, a small smile appeared on Mr. Kuretsch’s face. I went on to build one “fine fishing rod holder.” It seemed like as I added on to it, pieces of my anger, hate and frustration left to be forever embedded in that wood.
When I was finished, my confidence increased and I went on to build many nice and honest woodworkings. I broadened my horizons from plumbing to wiring to fixing dry wall, and I even became a pretty good welder.That is what FFA is all about. People think it is just for certain people, but it is for everyone.
It calls people to broaden their horizons and discover their talents and interests. This year, we integrated the Ranch and campus schools together which has offered these FFA opportunities to others who, like myself, never thought they could do these things. Now they are discovering their own talents and interests.
The Ag program offers a variety of FFA-based classes such as animal sciences, metal fabrication, woodworking and several others. We also show animals such as hogs, goats, steers, heifers and lambs in different fairs and shows. I have been privileged to show my lamb, Potato, in the Heart of Texas Fair this year.
With all these opportunities, everyone has a chance to be able to discover their talents, gain self-confidence, and become someone. I would be a completely different person if it were not for the Ranch and Mr. Kuretsch and Mr. Kruse who didn’t give up on me even when I gave up on myself.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Rehan McNeil, coordinator of the Grandparents as Parents Program, was glad the Home was able to provide a night of relaxation and fun for hard-working grandparents.
"We wanted to let our grandparents know how we, as a community, appreciate the sacrifices they are making to care for their grandchildren," said McNeil.
Mayor Virgnia DuPuy was in attendance and honored grandparents during her speech, as did several administrators from Methodist Children's Home. Guest speaker, Antonio Brown, shared his personal experience of living with his grandmother and the impact she made on his life and future choices.
The evening of dining, music and speakers was capped off with awards for the grandparents.
Kaleigh (pictured above), and other MCH residents, volunteered their time to help with the grandchildren in attendance.
For all the grandchildren and grandparents in attendance it was definitely a night to remember!