Craig Bell (center), Kershaw County Farm Bureau President and Patrick McCaskill (left), Kershaw County Farm Bureau Treasurer present David Branham (right), North Central High School Principal with a check for a classroom set of FFA jackets.
On the night of Saturday, January 11, 2020, an EF-2 tornado with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour ravaged Kershaw County causing millions in dollars of damages. North Central High School was particularly hard hit, leaving the school with only two serviceable buses and extensive exterior and interior damages. Students were forced to relocate to an old technical center campus in Camden.
Patrick McCaskill, Kershaw County Farm Bureau Treasurer, reached out to George Morrow, North Central High School FFA Advisor, to see how the county Farm Bureau could help.
"Lowe's was already working with the FFA Chapter to replace their tools, but Mr. Morrow said they could really use a new classroom set of jackets," said McCaskill.
On February 25, as FFA chapters around the country celebrated National FFA Week, Kershaw County Farm Bureau President Craig Bell and McCaskill presented North Central FFA with a check to cover the cost of replacing the ruined jackets.
“The agricultural community in Kershaw County, and across the nation, is a big family. Just like family, when we see one of our own hurting, we all want to help," said McCaskill. "We bought these jackets to help North Central FFA get back to their mission of ensuring that our county's rich agricultural heritage continues well into the future.