By: Samantha Conners, Contributing Writer
Scott Stone and Lori Lewis, FFA advisors, nominated Claire Bennett for their April SAE spotlight. Bennett is a CHS freshman whose SAE is poultry production. Through this project, she raises chicks and, when they are older, she sells their eggs. Her goal for her SAE is to make a profit on the eggs her chickens lay. Bennett is also involved in FFA, orchestra, track, basketball and softball.
Bennett chose her SAE because her brother had been raising chickens and selling their eggs. She thought it would be fun and now she has had chicks for over three years. The newest group of chicks she has is about two months old and should start laying in a couple of months. Bennett would like to give a special thanks to the Centralia Alumni for their grant. She used the money she received from them to begin her new batch of chicks.
FFA has taught Bennett many things. She has learned how to be more responsible, manage her time better and manage her finances. She has also learned how to take care of her chicks as they grow up. Bennett’s favorite part of her SAE is raising the chicks to hens because she enjoys watching them grow.
The objective of a Supervised Agricultural Experience is to work with educational programs to better prepare FFA students for their future careers. The simple skills such as communication and patience will help them succeed in life. Scott Stone, FFA adviser, says he has his students do an SAE for the learning experience. He says they can explore any career interest they may have and even find a field they might not want to follow. Stone said, “I hope they all have the chance to earn a profit, but I hope they can learn what areas they are interested in as a potential career.”