Santmyer pointed out how working with this tractor and taking it apart has helped her better understand some of the lessons her dad has tried to pass on to her. She noted how before it was harder to follow the same concepts when he would try to explain something.
“Being a little more hands on with it’s easier,” said Santmyer, noting how it has helped her better maintain her own jeep. “It helps me see the basics of what modern tractors are built on... I just wanted to work a little more with motors this year.”
Stewart added how he enjoys the class because it allows him to do something that isn’t just bookwork and it is something he can focus on better than other subjects. They will also be seeking outside advice from individuals who regularly work with tractors as another way to teach students valuable skills.
To help pay for the repair of the vehicle they applied for and received a grant, which will supply them the tires, added Pritchard. It is also being funded by the booster club, which will eventually result in the tractor being sold in a raffle to further help the program.
The goal to finish the tractor is May 12 so the kids can get a chance to take it to shows and competitions.
“It’s been nice having students like Grub with real experiences and past growing up working on things like this and their knowledge of helping out the class,” said Pritchard. “They deserve to be rewarded as much as livestock students and getting to shows is their reward.”