At the Sept. 14 Board of Education meeting, TCHS’s Future Farmers of America advisor, Jodie P’Pool, presented Benson’s plant manager, Marvin Whitt, with an award of recognition for the donation of welding equipment to the school’s agriculture power and machinery class. P’Pool said that when he and Matt Ladd, the schools’ director of operations, toured the Benson plant in the spring, he never dreamed that he would be offered such nice equipment.
Whitt said that welding is a valuable skill to learn and that those who are good at it could work at Benson and could work in the county for a good wage instead of commuting.
“It’s hot and dirty and smoky, but it’s rewarding work,” he said.
Board of Education Chairman Mike Davis praised Benson for its partnership with the school.
“It’s an opportunity to teach a skill that can be used right away [after high school],” he said. “It’s a direct reward for the students.”
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