A bricklayer helps an Enka Intermediate student with a sample wall.

From the hobbyist to the artisan to the large-scale farmer, hands-on “earth skills” are crucial for success, and Enka High School (EHS) students worked to transmit those skills to their younger peers earlier this month.

On Oct. 6, Enka High’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) hosted an Agriculture Day with 20 booths'' to teach Enka Intermediate School (EIS) fifth graders about agriculture and natural resources – like farming, framing, soapmaking, and bricklaying. They held baby chicks, fed sheep, sawed two-by-fours, watched a welding and soap making demonstration, and more. All along, the older students talked about how so much of modern life depends on agriculture.

“We want to spark the fifth graders’ interest,” said EHS FFA President Kelsey Worley. “We want them to have a great time when they come here and get involved in the community. It doesn’t have to be FFA.”

Ashton, an EIS fifth grader, tried a bricklaying experience and said he enjoyed it.

“I think today was really fun,” he said. “When everybody gets in fifth grade, they should come to Enka Intermediate and go to Ag Day. I liked learning how firefighters do things and seeing the horses and everything else. I was looking forward to it.”

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