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RHS Agriculture Department’s “Kinderpatch” will be open for more than 700 elementary school students from throughout the county on Friday, October 19th.

The program offers youngsters a chance to learn about plants, crops and seed planting so they can germinate them in their classrooms. The event starts at 9 a.m.

The kids will receive a pumpkin and a plant to take home. They will also participate in plenty of games and fun activities. More than 100 Warrior FFA high school students will be on hand to engage the young guests.

FFA Advisor Guillermo Guerra said the community service event offers students a “leadership opportunity”.

“Our Annual Kinderpatch is one of the most popular and rewarding community events that our students participate in each year,’’ Guerra said. “We look forward to hosting and participating in this very important event because of the benefits for the kindergarteners, our students, parents, sponsors and our administrators that help us accomplish this event and see a value in it. Overall, this is a huge event that our students plan, put together and manage under the supervision of their instructors. Many valuable lessons and management skills are used by our students to make our Kinderpatch a success. Our goal is to continuously make them better.’’

Principal Karen Rotondi said the event has become a “community tradition” for generations.

“I know our high school students enjoy the day as much if not more than our young guests,’’ Rotondi said. “It is an amazing and wonderful experience for everyone involved.’’

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