Life has surprises!

Thu May 20, 2004 7:08 pm

I teach in an inner city school. A recent assignment for the kids was to create a bi-fold informational flier on a topic of their choice. I told them they had better choose a topic of their own, or I would assign one (my topic would probably be poison for a city I thought). One girl didn't have a topic in mind, so she asked me what I would assign her. I said "the history of farmall tractors". She said "what's a farmall tractor?" I told her it was a tractor used on farms to prepare fields. She said "oh, you mean like a John Deere tractor?" Well, I had to ask how she knew of John Deere tractors. Her reply? She had spent some time with a foster family on a farm, and they used them. She mentioned it with a real smile on her face and a look of fond rememberence. So, it seems this kid living in one of the poorest cities on the East Coast has surprised this teacher. And that family certainly has left a positive mark on her. And she is looking forward to the assignment! If there is a way to post documents here, I'll post it when she finishes. Harold in CT

Thu May 20, 2004 8:07 pm


When it is done, send me the file! I will upload it to the server, and probably could convert it to a PowerPoint document or html file. Sounds like it is going to be one heck of a project this young lady has undertaken.

Oh, I think it is wonderful that you have taken your love of Cubs and Farmalls to school with you. This is one way to keep our Old Iron alive with those who will follow us on...

Thu May 20, 2004 9:08 pm

YMCA has a resort in our area that includes childrens camps, a lake, a lodge for families and groups. etc. There are only 2 or 3 like it in the United States. My wife and I spent a few days there year before last, and since I can't walk very well we took my golf cart that we bought to use on our place. The golf cart has my *.?-!.* cub owner logo around the roof. At the time we were there many underprivledged children from St. Louis were at the youth camp. Several of them asked "Do you really own a cub, bear cub?" Most of them had never heard of a Farmall tractor, much less a cub tractor. Would have been a great time to give them some education, but the YMCA discourages non-staff mingling with the children at the camps.