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Springville students love ‘Drive Your Tractor to School Day’

Photo submitted Last week, to help kick-off the 30th annual Western New York Dairy/Agriculture Festival in Springville, students at Springville High School drove their tractors to school to help celebrate the area’s agricultural history.

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Last week, to help kick-off the 30th annual Western New York Dairy/Agriculture Festival in Springville, students at Springville High School drove their tractors to school to help celebrate the area’s agricultural history.

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By Ely Schosek
Student Reporter

It’s clear that Springville is a rural community especially in our schools. Many students live at least twenty minutes away from school and some even live on farms.
Last week, the WNY Dairy/Agricultural Festival was held in the area, which celebrates the community’s agricultural background.
At Springville High School, students were given the opportunity to drive their tractors to school June 7, an annual tradition always scheduled to coincide with the first day of the Dairy Fest.
“I think it gives our students an opportunity to celebrate our rural culture,” said James Bialasik, high school principal. “While, of course, not everyone who goes to Springville High School lives on a farm — although some people may think that — agriculture and farming play an important role in our area.”
Some of the students who participated and drove tractors to school were happy to share their thoughts after the fact.
For instance, Timmy Blesy mentioned that he enjoys “being able to do something different and promote agriculture at the same time”. As Bialasik said, “The agricultural community is a component of Springville’s economy and it is all part of recognizing the importance that agriculture plays in our community.”
Many of the upperclassmen who participated this year have participated in past years and plan to in coming years. The same can be said for the freshmen who participated for the first time this year.
Brett Blesy said, “I’m looking forward to doing it again because Springville is a small town and tractors and agriculture are just a part of who we are.”
Even though Springville has numerous farms, “it’s not everyday that you are able to drive a tractor to school,” Timmy said.
Josh Beres said that he enjoyed “being able to drive through the middle of town” along with “putting in a lot of work to make the tractor look as best as possible and seeing people’s reactions.”
After school, the students who drove tractors were asked to drive up to the elementary school and do a parade for the little kids.
Cole Myers stated that he enjoyed “driving a bigger tractor and seeing the little kids at the elementary school when we drive around the circle. … It’s fun to do with your buddies.”
Brett added, “I most enjoyed being able to drive around the elementary school because I got to watch the tractors when I was in elementary school, and now the elementary schoolers were able to get the same experience I had.”
Although there are other rural schools that have Drive Your Tractor to School Day, it’s still a unique opportunity. As Josh said, “Not too many kids have tractors so it’s pretty cool being one of the few that are able to drive.”
He continued, “The school is super supportive of the event which makes it a pretty special thing because not many schools have it.”
There are other events throughout the school year in celebration of the community’s agricultural aspects, but Drive Your Tractor to School Day is definitely one of the most popular for high school students.
Springville is a small town and tractors and agriculture are just a part of who we are.”
Even though Springville has numerous farms, “it’s not everyday that you are able to drive a tractor to school,” Timmy said.
Josh Beres said that he enjoyed “being able to drive through the middle of town” along with “putting in a lot of work to make the tractor look as best as possible and seeing people’s reactions.”
After school, the students who drove tractors were asked to drive up to the elementary school and do a parade for the little kids.
Cole Myers stated that he enjoyed “driving a bigger tractor and seeing the little kids at the elementary school when we drive around the circle. … It’s fun to do with your buddies.”
Brett added, “I most enjoyed being able to drive around the elementary school because I got to watch the tractors when I was in elementary school, and now the elementary schoolers were able to get the same experience I had.”
Although there are other rural schools that have Drive Your Tractor to School Day, it’s still a unique opportunity. As Josh said, “Not too many kids have tractors so it’s pretty cool being one of the few that are able to drive.”
He continued, “The school is super supportive of the event which makes it a pretty special thing because not many schools have it.”
There are other events throughout the school year in celebration of the community’s agricultural aspects, but Drive Your Tractor to School Day is definitely one of the most popular for high school students.

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