High school students host schoolchildren at Agricultural Appreciation celebration

Booths included animal education, face painting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Agriculture Education students at Highland High School will host over 500 children at the HHS Farm north of the campus for the 25th annual "Fall Harvest Festival" on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


The children, in grades Kindergarten through First grade, will come from multiple local elementary schools, and will visit over 30 booths to participate in activities ranging from learning about the importance of bees, worms, sheep, and pigs to going to story-time and getting their faces painted.

The common thread is that each station brings to light some aspect of agriculture: how certain animals affect the way we live, the importance of certain fruits, and where many agriculture products come from. The purpose of these activities, and the celebration, is to teach children the importance of agriculture in our world.

In addition, the high school students learn communication skills, leadership, and lots of responsibility.

 The Fall Harvest Festival is put on completely by the students: from planning to inviting the elementary schools to building the booths.  Every aspect of its execution is performed by the high school Agriculture students themselves. HHS students man the booths and maintain the traffic flow of the event, and are completely responsible for teaching the children at each station.

Highland High School’s celebration of agriculture began in 1988 with Mr. Ric Lemucchi.  The agriculture program is affiliated with The National FFA Organization.

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