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Annual ‘Drive Your Tractor to School Day’ shows pride in ag community at Pierz Healy High School

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Annual ‘Drive Your Tractor to School Day’ shows pride in ag community at Pierz Healy High School
Tractors in line

Pierz seventh-grade Vincent Rudolph, led the last few tractors out of the school parking lot.

In what has been a tradition each spring for as long as anyone can remember — except when the school’s parking lot was under construction — students have taken part in the “Drive Your Tractor to School” day, driving to school in, what else — a tractor. It was a showing of support for the agricultural community in the Pierz area. Thirty tractors, including Case IH, Farmall IH, John Deeres, New Hollands and Massey Fergusons, were parked along the east side of the school parking lot Wednesday morning. Students were asked to bring the tractors outside of the normal busy parking time of the school day for safety, and were led out of the school parking lot with a police escort. But, before they left, Fr. Ken Popp, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz and St. Michael’s Church in Buckman, prayed with the students and gave a blessing over the equipment. He reminded the students of the stewardship God has placed in the hands of mankind, and that farmers especially, must take care of the land to feed the hungry and save the Earth for future generations. The parade of tractors headed through town to Litke’s Veterinary Service to park before enjoying refreshments at Sue’s Drive-In.

Fr Popp and group

Fr. Ken Popp prayed with the students and blessed the equipment and drivers.

Tractor twins

Troy, left, and Travis Gross, sons of Joel and Nicole Gross of Bulldog Lake, stood as Fr. Popp passed by their tractor with a blessing.

Tractor - two boys

Mitchell Fleck, left, and Colton Gaulke, took a wheel-well seat waiting until the after-school blessing began.

Tractor-grandpa and grandson

Grandpa Harold Wyatt, left, and his grandson, Will Heschke, waited for the blessing while chatting near Wyatt’s tractor that Heschke drove to school.

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