FFA hosts exchange eventThere was a meeting of FFA minds on Thursday at St. Croix Central High School. Seven Forest Lake (Minn.) FFA members were at SCC to share ideas and see the school.
There was a meeting of FFA minds on Thursday at St. Croix Central High School. Seven Forest Lake (Minn.) FFA members were at SCC to share ideas and see the school.
The Forest Lake FFA visit was the second half of an exchange program for the two schools. Nine Central kids visited Forest Lake in February. It was the first exchange for both programs.
“It’s a good way to see different things and gain ideas,” said Mike Miron, Forest Lake FFA co-advisor and agriculture teacher.
While Forest Lake is bigger than Central — they graduate roughly the entire population of St. Croix Central each year — the seven students were impressed with Central.
“Everybody knows everybody,” said Alex Murdock, a junior.
Central was also complimented for having animals in the Ag classroom, offering the aquaculture classes and their selection of FFA T-shirts with clever sayings. Class sizes are much smaller too, with 15-20 students per section versus 30-35, the Forest Lake students said.
Central FFA advisor Bill Emery said he approached Forest Lake about an exchange to gather new ideas. He said he wanted to exchange with a big school and he was familiar with Forest Lake.
“Our weaknesses are their strengths. I wanted to expose our kids to what they (Forest Lake) do and work on it,” Emery said.
For example, Forest Lake is involved in state and national FFA events while Central hasn’t been too active.
“It’s always a good thing when students have exposure to things they’re not accustom to,” Miron added.