East Texas 'greenhands' learning the ropes at FFA event

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Some East Texasstudents with a love for the outdoors and animals took a break from theclassroom to get their experience with the Future Farmers of America.

It's called Greenhand Day. East Texas News will show you the interactive classroom and what thestudents were learning.

The Future Farmers ofAmerica asked for them and they got them.

"This is really thefirst taste that members have of the organization, said Cullen Reeves, the FFA'sArea IX first vice president. "This is out time to show our youth and our futureleaders what we can do."

Greenhands, as theycall new FFA students, spent the day learning about what it means to be in theFFA.

"Learning about the animals and careerslike that," said Cray Mangam, a student at Chireno High School.

"Showing animalsand being part of it, being in the shop," said Jeffery Cleveland, anotherChireno high school student.

"I've been withmy grandfather, and we always had cattle deer and all that," said Tate Martin,a Woden High School student. "I've always had that and been around that."

"I like to be outsideand be with animals and showing animals," said Jake Scott, a student at Woden HighSchool.

The sessions were ledby officers, who were once in these greenhands' shoes.

"We were newbies, anddidn't know very much about it, but being here and running the event helps,"said Michaela Gardner, the FFA's Area IX president. "You see more kids comingin and what happens to those kids."

This event is thebiggest region nine has ever had for incoming students, and many believe it isonly the beginning.

"Most of today'sleaders start off in this program, so this is the first chance they get tostart off and show what they can potentially become," said Ty Cauthen, aCentral High School FF teacher.

Next week, there willbe another Greenhand Day at the Nacogdoches Expo Center for the Pineywoods FFAdistrict.

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