Bridgeport Unveils New Ag Classroom

Building of the FFA program in Bridgeport has taken place gradually, almost like brick by brick. Two years ago Bridgeport Schools brought back the FFA program after a 30 plus year break. For the first year of the program, students had a portable classroom, then work began to raise funds for a new permanent classroom.

Bridgeport FFA Building Co-Chairmen Cassi Lapaseotes and Mick Lund went to the community for support. The new FFA building cost approximately $250 thousand and the building committee received $113 thousand dollars in donations. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Lund says they have an ouray of donors from families to ag organizations and businesses.

Donations continue to come in for the project. Last week Morrill County farmer Cleve Wiggins of Broadwater made a check presentation to the Bridgeport FFA Chapter. The funds came through the Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities where farmers can pick the charity of their choice to receive $2,500.

Construction on the new classroom began last spring and it was complete in time for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Lund says the new classroom benefits the 45 plus ag students and FFA adviser Alissa Copple.

A dedication of the new classroom will be Tuesday morning at 7:45 at Bridgeport High School. An open house will be held on Friday, February 21st 4:30 to 6pm prior to the boys
basketball game.

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