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Opportunities Range For Students At Maroa Forsyth
The football team at Maroa Forsyth is already off to a great start to this season. Especially after last week's win. But there are other unique programs here, and the help doesn't just stop with students.
"Our kids are excited, really practice is just getting started up today," said Josh Jostes, head football coach for Maroa Forsyth High.
They're just days away from their second football game of the season.
"We had a good opener on Friday night, and hopefully we can keep improving," Jostes said.
After finishing off last year with a 12 and 1 record, and even winning the first game of this season, you could say their football program is a primary focus.
"When you look here, this is the black-eyed Susan that we're going to show case."
But students and faculty say it only represents a small portion of the many unique programs Maroa offers, like the creation of the Prairie Plot.
"You know, you think about going to high school. You're sitting in your classes, you have typical lectures, but the Prairie Plot really gives and outreach to be outside. Do hands-on learning and you know, this is something we really can connect to," said Alex Ruwe, student.
Ruwe is a member of the FFA. Just recently, she and over 20 other students took on a new project to create this prairie grass conservation area.
"We had a very hard time growing any sort of grasses, any sort of plant material out here. It was pretty much a barren land," said Cassie Crouch, AG instructor.
But with the help of several community grants, this 2.3 acres of land, located beside the school's football field, is now a resource to educate students and community members on the ecosystem.
And most importantly, "We turned it into a piece of land that can be used by many different species of animals and insects," said Wesley Dunham, student.
Ruwe says attending Maroa has helped her channel focus in the right direction.
"Freshman year, I really went in thinking about sports and academics. And now, FFA's really focused on academics as well as community outreach or job shadowing opportunities."
Students working on the Prairie Plot say the healthy grass will take up to three years to fully mature. They say the next step is to create a rock trail to be used as a walk way.