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FFA alumni collect old Christmas trees to raise scholarship funds

Bridget Manley

At a glance …

Moffat County FFA Alumni putting on a fundraiser Wednesday and Jan. 4.

Alumni members will pick up and dispose of residents' Christmas trees for a $5 fee.

• Proceeds go to a scholarship for graduating FFA members at Moffat County High School.

To schedule a tree pickup or for more information, call Dave Summers at 819-2915, Sarah Wiseman at 629-5039 or Paula Duzik at 326-8049.

A college education is no small investment, as Jessica Wiseman knows well.

Wiseman, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate and four-year member of its FFA program, is in her freshman year at the University of Wyoming, where tuition is cheaper than anywhere else in the country, she said.

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"But, I mean, every little penny counts … because college tuition isn't cheap no matter where you go," she said.

That financial load is a little easier, thanks to a $500 scholarship she received in May from the Moffat County FFA Alumni chapter.

The group is launching a new fundraiser this week to collect money for future scholarships.

For $5, group members will collect and dispose of old Christmas trees at residents' request.

Tree collections are scheduled for Wednesday and Jan. 4, and residents must call to schedule a pickup time.

FFA alumni have put on several scholarship fundraisers in the past, said Sarah Wiseman, a member of the local FFA alumni chapter and Jessica Wiseman's mother, but this is the first year the group has used old Christmas trees to raise scholarship money.

The fundraiser makes sense in chapter member Dave Summers' view, because it's cost effective.

"It's not something we have to put a lot of expense into to try and make the money," he said.

The reason the group has offered the scholarship for the past three years or so is simple: "Just to help support the kids that are involved with agriculture," Summers said.

Yet FFA alumni scholarships aren't limited to students who are planning to study agriculture in college.

Take Jessica Wiseman, for instance.

She's studying elementary education with a concentration in creative arts and plans to eventually become a teacher.

Although her chosen career is far removed from crops and livestock, what she learned in FFA is anything but irrelevant.

The program taught her how to budget, she said, and how to communicate with adults as well as her peers.

It also gave her the scholarship, which she applied to her first semester's tuition at UW.

"That money really did help me out a whole lot," she said. "I really appreciated getting it."

For more information about the FFA alumni fundraiser or to schedule a tree pickup, call Dave Summers at 819-2915, Sarah Wiseman at 629-5039 or Paula Duzik at 326-8049.

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At a glance …

Moffat County FFA Alumni putting on a fundraiser Wednesday and Jan. 4.

Alumni members will pick up and dispose of residents’ Christmas trees for a $5 fee.

• Proceeds go to a scholarship for graduating FFA members at Moffat County High School.

To schedule a tree pickup or for more information, call Dave Summers at 819-2915, Sarah Wiseman at 629-5039 or Paula Duzik at 326-8049.

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