An impactful gift

By James Phillips , Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/31/17

CURRY — The agriscience program at Curry High School recently received a large donation from an Alabama-based company.

Bush Hog, based in Selma, presented CHS with a professional level, zero-turn mower for the turf grass management …

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An impactful gift

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CURRY — The agriscience program at Curry High School recently received a large donation from an Alabama-based company.

Bush Hog, based in Selma, presented CHS with a professional level, zero-turn mower for the turf grass management certification aspect of the program. The mower is an estimated value of $6,000.

“We are very thankful for the kindness that has been shown to our program,” said Stephen Moore, ag instructor and Future Farmers of America advisor at Curry High. “This is a big deal for our turf management students.”

During the 2016 school year, 30 of the 120 agriscience students at Curry received their turf management credential, which gives students a foundation of knowledge in the industry and basic concepts of landscape and turf grass management. To gain the credential, the students are required to take a standardized test from the Green Industry Web Portal and pass a performance skill test administered by Moore. The performance test consists of operating mowers, tractors, trimmers, edgers and other landscape maintenance equipment.

“The idea for the credential is for the student to be able to leave high school and have something of value that would set them apart from others vying for jobs in that particular industry,” Moore said.

State Rep. Connie Cooner Rowe, R-Jasper, presented the mower to school officials and students on Friday.

“As a part of being a legislator, we get a little bit of funding to give to schools in our districts,” Rowe said. “Curry needed a mower. I talked to a friend of mine with Bush Hog, who thought they could help by giving them a discounted price. That turned into a donation of the entire mower. I tell students all the time that life is about the relationships you build. I’m very appreciative to Bush Hog for such a generous gift.”

Rowe said she would also be giving the school a $1,000 grant in the fall that will help pay for fuel and extra parts for the mower.

Representatives with Bush Hog were also on hand Friday. Keith Johnson, a Jasper native and product manger at Bush Hog, said he was excited to have the opportunity to donate the machine to the school.

“It’s always a pleasure to give back to programs that are involved in our industry,” Johnson said. “From time to time, we get the opportunity to donate to national and local philanthropies around the State of Alabama, but it is rare that we are able to help an organization that has such a direct impact on our industry.”

Dorman Grace, representing the Alabama Farmers Federation, announced Friday that the school would also be receiving a $2,500 grant from ALFA to be used for different needs of the ag program. “We are always happy to help our local ag programs,” Grace said. “These students do a great job. We are proud of their work.”