ANDOVER — While most teen-agers were still sleeping, the Pymatuning Valley High School FFA was up and at ’em on the morning of Feb. 22. And what were these ambitious future farmers awake for? They were up early on that cold morning to make breakfast for the teachers of the Pymatuning Valley School District. The annual end of the national celebration of FFA Week is a very exciting day for the students and the teachers alike.
The breakfast has a long history, going back 53 years according to Karen Cooley, Pymatuning Valley’s FFA adviser and agricultural science teacher. It has the same purpose now that it did back then – the breakfast is an appreciation of support that the teachers, city commissioners and trustees, the school board and board office, staff and alumni of the district provide to the students of the FFA.
FFA uses the family and consumer science classrooms to host the event. Students begin early, around 6 a.m., preparing eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and toast in the foods lab kitchens. In the adjoining classroom, tables are set up with place settings for all of the incoming guests. And the guests are anxious to start arriving. When they do, they are greeted by super cheerful members of the FFA.
Sophomore Andrew Holden said that getting up early wasn’t his favorite part, but once they started cooking and serving, it is really fun. “I like doing it then,” he said.
First year members act as the seating and wait staff. These anxious students take orders, help guests find somewhere to sit, and then promptly deliver the food being made by all of the more senior members. Walking around in the restaurant-like atmosphere, the teachers, the community members, everyone is smiling, happy and so grateful for the hard work the students are doing. Anne Siembor and Nathan Smith, a member of PVHS science department and math department respectively, raved about the bacon.