Friday, October 8, 2010

Charter School Students Get Ready for Livestock Show

Students at the MCH charter school have been working hard at our Boys Ranch as they prepare their animals for the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo Livestock Show, Oct. 9-15in Waco. MCH students go to the Boys Ranch each school day to care for their animals by feeding, brushing, and spending time with them. Students have also learned how to position their animal for showing and what the judges will look for in their animal.

This is the first year that girls from the Waco campus have had the opportunity to show steers. Eight girls showed goats last year, which was the first year Waco campus students were able to participate in the ag program through the charter school. Two girls from the Home and three Boys Ranch residents will be showing their steers on Saturday, October 9. Other MCH students involved in the ag program will be showing goats, lambs and swine throughout the week.

Many of the MCH boys built shop projects that will be judged in the Farm Mechanics competition as part of the livestock show.

Our students appreciate the time and effort of staff members who work with them in the ag program. These include Steve Kruse and Scott MacDonald, ag teachers at the charter school; Pat Close, Ranch manager; and homeparents and other staff at the Boys Ranch who work with youth on animals crews.

Here are some fun pictures of our guys and girls getting ready for the upcoming Livestock Show.

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