Warren CUD #205 School Board and Administration, at the suggestion of many people in our rural community, believed it would be a good idea to re-instate the Agriculture Program into the curriculum. Classes were first offered in the 2014-15 school years, and since that time, an adult organization – Warren FFA Alumni has been formed to support that program and raise funds to support our Ag students and their activities as well as our major project – building a greenhouse.
Many people and companies – both local and out of town/state have generously donated to our project being built on school property. We believe this would bring Agriculture into the program at all grade levels. The cost of the greenhouse is being funded through the School District as well as the FFA Alumni. We have raised $44,000 to put toward the cost of construction, which is 30% of the total cost of the project. Additionally, we have helped students by absorbing some of the cost of attending activities, as well as purchasing some equipment used in the classroom. The Warren School District’s portion of the cost for the greenhouse is being paid for with our local share of the Jo Daviess County School Facility Sales Tax.
The alumni organization has held 2 silent auctions at the Jo Daviess County Fair in 2015 and 2016, and a plant sale, which we intend to continue annually, with the help of our Agriculture classes planting flowers, herbs and vegetables and making them available for order each spring. It is our intent, with future fundraisers, to continue to support the activities of our students, and to financially help to equip the greenhouse until profit generated from plant sales can sustain and renew all that is necessary for the next year’s sale.
We are very proud of the steps we have taken as an organization, and want to walk alongside community members and students alike to promote agriculture in our school and the community. Please feel welcome to join us at our bi-monthly meetings – held on the second Monday of each month in the High School cafeteria. Without a doubt – many helpers make the load a little lighter, and we would appreciate your support in continuing to develop our program. Plan to take a drive or walk past the site of the greenhouse on Mary St. (adjacent to the Elementary School) and watch as our building and project takes shape. Thanks to all who have contributed in any way. Raising this amount of money in such a short time was no small feat, and we appreciate being able to contribute toward the total cost.
Shown here in a picture taken on the day cement footings were laid are – L to R: The Piefer family (FFA Member) Kody, Kim, Tammy, (Secretary 2015-16) Bill Bourquin, (Vice President 2015-17) Sue Bourquin, (Treasurer 2015-17) Mark Wulfekuhle, (President 2015-17) and Shawn Teske (District Superintendent). Other members who were unavailable for the picture are: Susan Janecke (Secretary 2016-17) and members at large in alphabetical order: Lucas Bourquin, Jim and Kim Francis, Brenda and Jeremy Heimann, Bill Holland, Dan Holland, Tom Janecke, Duane Maupin, Bill McFadden, Jim McGivney, Denis and Garrett Toay, Matt Thompson, Abe Trone, Jerome Vondra, Ben, Fritz, and Jamie Wolff, Steve Wulfekuhle, and Wayne Wubbena.