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Foundation funds Polk High School farm interns

Shalyn Brown, one of the interns who worked at the Polk County High School farm last summer, talks with the Cleveland County Boys and Girls Club during their visit to the farm. Brown and Caleb Wilson, the farm interns, were funded by the Polk County Community Foundation. (photo submitted by Chauncey Barber)

The Polk County Community Foundation funded two interns, Caleb Wilson and Shalyn Brown, this past summer to work at the Polk County High School farm. Both students are active in the Agricultural Education Program at Polk County High School (PCHS).
“The internship program provides students with an opportunity to gain work experience and see where the rubber meets the road,” said PCHS Agricultural Education Instructor Chauncey Barber.
The students were responsible for caring for and feeding animals, maintaining the muscadine vineyard and blueberries and maintaining the grounds at the school farm.
The two interns gave educational tours for the Cleveland County Boys and Girls Club and local day cares.
“I was thankful to receive an internship at the school farm,” Brown said. “[Before last summer,] I was unaware of the daily responsibilities of a farm, and I enjoyed working with the young kids who visited the farm.”
– article submitted by Chauncey Barber