BARTOW, Fla. — Kelley Buick GMC in Bartow is blazing a path for Polk County youthfulsters in agriculture by elevating hundreds of dollars for youth packages Yearly.
“It’s all Regarding The youthfulsters — my dad started this program yrs go and we stored it going,” said Tyler Kelley, of Kelley Automotive group in Bartow.
Agriculture and the animals that maintain the ecosystem going are all An factor of Florida’s basis and Kelley Automotive officers said that now Greater than ever, The mom and father that maintain that basis strong want The general public’s assist.
“We see The Need to assist The youthfulsters out On the native 4H and FFA packages (in Polk County) — my dad acquired here up with a program referred to as No Baby Left Behind, However the biggest method that we do It is a Twenty Buck Truck (raffle),” said Kelley.
Kelley and his group at Kelley Buick GMC in Bartow enhance Greater than $100,000 Yearly by raffling a mannequin new Custom-made Buick Truck. The dealership provides The mannequin new truck, which was then decked out by seven completely different raffle sponsors.
All of the money enhanced goes to Future Farmers of America (FFA).
The money assists youthful people buy And enhance Their very personal livestock, or assist with rising and sustaining Their very personal crops.
Then, Every yr The youthfulsters have The prospect to attend a youth truthful the place They will current their product and Earn money based mostly on how properly their harvest was that yr, or The measurement and well being of the livestock they enhanced.
“Every kid Desires to do a hog or a steer as a Outcome of They carry In all probability the most money,” said Kelley. “So, these youthfulsters Get up earlier, Sustain later — promote them off to The very biggest bidder and all That money goes again to them. A lot of The youthfulsters use it for subsequent yr’s enterprise, or In the event that they’re a senior they use it For school funds.”
However, the Kelley Buick group said their motivation wasn’t Almost elevating money — it’s additionally bout educating youthfulsters The worth and self-discipline behind exhausting work.
“These are The youthfulsters that Get up early, Sustain late and have The final phrase obligation Of Making sure an animal survives,” said Jason Stokes of Kelley Buick GMC in Bartow. “These are The youthfulsters That are going to be working our cities Finally. Merely as a Outcome of they’re in agriculture now — they’re studying duties they’re going To maintain forth all by way of their careers, It Does not matter what They are going to be.”
Stokes inspired members of the group To face behind The Prolonged time period Farmers of America; A method You will Have The power to Do this’s by becoming a member of the Twenty Buck Truck Raffle. It prices $20 to enter the raffle for An alternative to win A completely decked-out GMC truck.
The winner for this yr’s Buick Shall be introduced on Oct. 12 for Nationwide Farmers Day.