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District hosts livestock show highlighting students with disabilities

Partner Livestock Show

       Pearland Independent School District proudly presents the inaugural Partner Livestock Show to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Richard L. Wagoner Agricultural Facility at 4715 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.

       The event creates an opportunity for students with disabilities enrolled in life skills classes to be paired with and mentored by Pearland ISD Future Farmers of America (FFA) students. This youth-teaching-youth initiative has allowed students to learn how to properly care, groom, manage and feed animals, culminating in a show where kids exhibit animals in front of judges, peers, teachers, administrators and the Pearland community.

       The first Partner Livestock Show was initiated by FFA student and high school senior Jaden Cole under the guidance of Hunter Morgan, Pearland ISD’s Agriculture department head. An FFA student since fourth grade, Jaden is also heavily involved in Boy Scouts. He prepared a 32-page presentation addressing concerns, outlining a timeline, a mentor selection process and an overall plan for the event. Jaden was able to combine his passion for both organizations and for serving others through his Boy Scout Eagle Project, Pearland ISD’s first livestock show specifically focused on students with disabilities.

       “I’m really looking forward to watching the vision of our FFA Student Jaden Cole come to life,” Morgan said. “It’s rare to see a student create and re-invent a process with his vision to reach and underserved group. His persistence will create an exciting and rewarding new opportunity for Pearland ISD students.”

       The event is an opportunity for Life Skills students to not only work with animals in the FFA environment, but to also interact with some of Pearland ISD’s outstanding student mentors.

       “I am really excited about this event and being able to see an idea that came from our student organization develop into an amazing opportunity for students with different abilities to work together with shared interests – students learning from students,” Dr. Lisa Nixon, Pearland ISD Executive Director of Special Programs, said.