Atwater FFA Students Attend Water Rally at the State Capitol
Nearly fifty Atwater High School agriculture and FFA students joined hundreds of farmers, farm employees, community leaders, state and federal lawmakers, the Atwater High School Band, and other Merced Union High School agriculture program and FFA students in Sacramento last week to rally against what is described as a “state water grab”. The opportunity for students to take part in the event was organized through the Merced County Farm Bureau, Assemblyman Adam Gray’s (D-Merced) office, and Alan Peterson, Superintendent of Merced Union High School District.
“This was an opportunity for our agriculture students to experience legislative and government policy among their community and agriculture industry partners,” said Atwater High School FFA advisor Kim Macintosh. “The organizers provided the students with a first-class opportunity to attend, participate, and experience the event along with a tour of the Capitol.”
The rally involved numerous speakers who shared what the effects of a new water policy would have on water resources for farmers and the Central Valley. The issue continues to be a hot topic statewide. “This experience provided our students with a topic that is hotly debated and opened many of the students to politics and government which directly relates to their Agriculture Government and Economics course at Atwater High School,” said Macintosh. “This experience by the students will enhance the relevancy of their education and curriculum this school year.”
For many students, it was the first time in Sacramento and the Capitol. “I learned that the water issue expands beyond just farmers and has an effect on all of us,” said Atwater High School agriculture student Jennifer Velazquez.
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Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301