SOAR Educational Center

The New Richmond FFA Family, Friends and Alumni are proud to support the development of the SOAR Educational Center - a district farm

Supporting THE NEW RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL AGRISCIENCE AND FFA CHAPTER IN NEW RICHMOND, WISCONSIN

 

The School District of New Richmond SOAR (Student Opportunities with Agricultural Resources) Educational Center is a unique partnership with the City of New Richmond and the New Richmond Airport Commission. The School District of New Richmond is proud to introduce to you our 20 acre educational center that will provide hands on agricultural and STEM opportunities for students of all ages.


This educational center will be the only 4K-12 educational center of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. This concept is a true community collaboration as we educate all involved on how food gets from the field to the table along with the hands on agricultural and STEM learning opportunities that will be explored.


Food produced at the SOAR Educational Center will supply school lunches with an array of edible products through the partnership with our District’s School Nutrition Department. Students and community members will actively participate in raising animals for meat and growing vegetables while they work side by side exploring agricultural and STEM topics. Surplus products will be sold to staff members and community members.


Programming will be facilitated by the School District of New Richmond Staff, High School Agriscience Department, and FFA Chapter along with other part-nerships yet to be discovered. With managerial and leadership roles directly involving students, we are excited about everyone’s input into the planning stages of this project. A SOAR Educational Center Advisory Council will assist in developing connections with the community and beyond.


District students at all grade levels will learn about agriculture and STEM related topics through this hands-on learning opportunity. Each grade level and content area will have programming at the SOAR Educational Center taught by District staff, high school students, and outside community STEM and agricultural experts.


A future commercial kitchen will afford students and community members the chance to learn about food processing and preservation. This location will also be able to host community events and activities which will be held throughout the year.


Opportunities will exist to contribute financially through a tax deductible do-nation process, participate in hands-on experiences at the site, and/or donate supplies/materials/equipment.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact the following: Mrs. Rachel Sauvola-Agriscience Instructor (rsauvola@newrichmond.k12.wi.us): Mr. Tom Wissink—High School Principal (twissink@newrichmond.k12.wi.us); Mr. Pat-rick Olson-District Administrator at (polson@newrichmond.k12.wi.us)