CENTENARY — Gallia Academy High School Future Farmers of America students will be gathering Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. behind the high school with FFA alumni, friends and family to celebrate the dedication of a new GAHS FFA Alumni Building on the school property to assist with storing equipment and animal showing needs for students.
“The FFA alumni and our local agricultural community came together to invest in our youth,” said Gallipolis City Schools Superintendent Craig Wright. “This gracious contribution is a testament to their commitment to promoting agricultural growth in Gallia County. The new facility will allow Gallia Academy students to connect more closely with science, technology, engineering, mathematics and agriculture. It will also ensure vocational and agricultural opportunities for years to come.”
According to GAHS FFA Advisor Jerrod Ferguson, the building is 36 by 60 feet and donations totaled around $59,000 along with building materials for the structure’s completion.
“The good news is that it didn’t cost the school any money,” said Ferguson. “The fundraising for this has actually taken place over the last 25 years before I came, which I’ve been there for 14 years. So, we had a chance to put the money to use and between the money raised through the FFA alumni and generous donations from the agricultural community…It worked out pretty well for us.”
Local businesses and organizations also contributed to the structure’s completion. Construction started on the building around the second week of July, this year. Approval from the Gallipolis City Schools Board of Education was given for the project the previous year. Ferguson estimated the building was completed by September.
“We were in need of more storage,” said Ferguson. “It’s kind of a multipurpose deal. We didn’t have any place to store materials or bulkier equipment, so this is going to be used for that…As well, we’re looking to be able to bring in some livestock and do some livestock judging. We could bring in a group of cattle, for example, and just keep them in there for the daytime and allow classes to come out and judge them and practice judging skills.”
Ferguson said one of the school FFA’s future goals is to also put in a greenhouse and storage for future student projects.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.