PINE ISLAND, Minn. (KTTC) – It’s a strange sight to see at a high school: a parking lot full of farm machinery.
But that’s what happened in Pine Island Wednesday.
Members of the High School’s Future Farmers of America chapter rode their tractors to and from school.
It’s the second year they’ve done this as a way to raise awareness of the increasing rate of suicide among farmers.
This year, for the first time, they raised $130 in donations to go toward mental health organizations.
“There’s a lot of farmers in need of help right now and it’s taking a toll on their mental state,” said Riley Weis, a Pine Island High School junior and officer in the FFA chapter. “Prices are down, costs are going up and they just need help and they can’t find it so they think it’s easier to get out now while they can.”
The students also rode their tractors around the school in a “parade of tractors” during the lunch hour.