Triad -- Most kids are getting ready to return to school. Several FFA students at Randleman High School feel like they never left. All summer, they've spend about two mornings a week at school, tending their garden. That's dedication.
What they do with the produce after they harvest it is what sets them apart from most students.
They bag up the produce and collect eggs from the chickens to take to the residents of Randleman School Commons. There are 30 apartments for the elderly and disabled. The students and some alumni personally deliver the fresh vegetables and eggs to the residents... then typically stick around to visit.
The program was developed by the kids themselves. Jackson Allred, one of the students, got the idea from his church. He said, "There are plenty of families in the community that need help. I know they can't afford to eat healthy a lot. You can go to the grocery store and get vegetables for a whole lot more than you can go to McDonalds and get a whole family's meal."
The Randleman School Commons residents get a more nutritious... and very affordable diet. They veggies they deliver are all free. The residents are thankful for that. Although, after hearing the students' stories, it seems likely that the weekly visits with the kids mean just as much... maybe even more.
Randleman High School FFA