Living to Serve

Pictured (left to right): Karen Akin, Mack Dean, Shelly Raulston, Kirsten Nicholas, Kelli Harris, Cody Chandler, Codie Jamison, Lindy Price, Will McAlister, Dusty Kesterson, John Hardin, and Hadley Philamlee.

The UA Cossatot collegiate FFA has received a semester-long Living to Serve grant through the National FFA for $1,200 to partner with Runnin’ WJ Ranch this fall. Runnin' WJ Ranch is a non-profit equine assisted activities facility in Texarkana, Texas for special-needs children and adults.

The grant will allow the collegiate FFA to donate feed and forage for the more than 20 horses that live and work at the ranch. In addition to the donation, the students are raising awareness about ways people can get involved at Runnin’ WJ Ranch. Volunteers are needed for the 2019-2020 school year to lead horses or walk alongside the riders during classes. To participate as a leader or side walker, volunteers will need to complete a free training program provided by the ranch. For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Narda Launius at 903-838-3223 or visit their website at:

On Thursday, Oct. 17, eight agriculture students and their instructor, Kelli Harris, accomplished the first part of the project and delivered 120 square bales to the ranch. Over the next few months, students will also be delivering feed and completing training to volunteer during riding classes

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