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Sycamore High school's FFA students plant splashes of color

SYCAMORE – Farming can be tough, but one Sycamore high school student truly enjoys it and cannot wait to see the fruits of his labor.

Jared Clausen, a junior at Sycamore High School, spent Monday morning with four of his horticulture classmates and fellow Future Farmers of America members planting 200 yellow daffodil bulbs in front of the green “Sycamore Welcomes You” sign near the intersection of Route 64 and Airport Road.

“It’s going to make the sign look more beautiful, and it will have a positive outlook on Sycamore,” Clausen said.

Clausen’s job was to measure and provide a diagram of where the bulbs were planted, so in the spring when they plant again, they know where the bulbs are and don’t plant on top of the existing bulbs. It gives the flowers a better chance to grow.

He said he joined FFA because it’s a family tradition.

“The animals and crops just fascinate me,” Clausen said. “It’s something I can’t live without.”

Karen Lang worked alongside the students and was looking forward to seeing the flowers in the spring.

“We’ll see how it looks next year,” Karen Lang said.

She said the idea for the project came from her and her husband, Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang. The students joining in to help was all the better.

“We were really excited that the kids wanted to do this,” Karen Lang said.

By all accounts, the students were happy to help dig and place the bulbs into the ground.

“We like to work outside in the environment,” said Myranda Wilbur, a sophomore. “It’s a great way to help in in our community.”

Sarah Ward, also a sophomore, liked how planting the bulbs was a change from the traditional school lessons.

“It was a good change to get out of the classroom and have some hands-on experience instead of reading and writing papers,” she said.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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