Weekly roundup: Future farmers send animals to sanctuaries, educators gather to talk equity, and more

Five Fullerton students who are part of a Future Farmers of American program decided the slaughterhouse wouldn’t be the final stop for three goats and a pair of sheep they raised.

Instead, they took the rare step of sending their animals to a refuge called Farm Sanctuary near Palmdale.

Title for "In the news"According to the Orange County Register, students generally spend their own time and money to purchase and care for animals through FFA programs, and they typically recoup their investments during auctions at the OC Fair.

Not all are slaughtered after they’re sold. Some are used for breeding, others to help clear unwanted brush. But the students from Fullerton Union High School didn’t want to take the chance that their animals would end up on dinner plates.

“I won’t judge other people,” Rilea Reed, 15, told the newspaper. “But I personally don’t want to do that.”

It might surprise some to know that some Orange County schools offer robust agricultural programs, including Orange High School and Westminster High.

And here are some other education stories from the week ending Aug. 2:

  • Football continues to reign as the most popular high school sport in California, but there are signs it may be losing yardage. Statewide CIF statistics indicate the total number of players has decreased by at least 2,700 every year since 2014-15.

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