NACD Executive Board Participates in Service Project with Nashville High School

CONTACT: Stephanie Addison
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CONTACT: Sara Kangas
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January 26, 2018


NASHVILLE, TN. — Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) executive board members assisted McGavock High School students with a service project as a part of the organization’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

NACD executive board members had the opportunity to help students assemble raised beds for McGavock High School FFA students to utilize in their agricultural science studies at school. The raised beds built today will enable students to begin utilizing the structures to plant vegetables, flowers and various other plants.

NACD board members interacted with students and gained insight into their future goals and career ambitions.

“It was such a unique experience to get our hands dirty with the students of McGavock High School,” said NACD President Brent Van Dyke. “A good number of the students we met today have a strong interest in pursuing a career in agriculture and conservation. As long as we have driven, motivated young people, I know our future is in good hands.”

McGavock High School is one of the largest in Tennessee and has an active FFA chapter and agricultural science program led by sponsor Westlee Walker. In the classroom, these students are studying animal science and will begin plant science coursework in the spring. This service project provided students with a hands-on introduction into plant science as well as soil and water conservation.


About the National Association of Conservation Districts:

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit:

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