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Farming students sometimes struggle at school

HS journalism: Homework and attendance can take a hit with some

Family farms need all the help they can get, especially during harvest season. High school students have to balance chores with work and athletics at school. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Family farms need all the help they can get, especially during harvest season. High school students have to balance chores with work and athletics at school. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

LISBON — Farm hands are hard to find because the work is hard and hours are odd.

Families have to rely on each other to pick up the slack, including the teenagers.

Unfortunately, this affects their school life.

“My daily school life is affected by our farm because I have early mornings and late night chores,” said Braxton Kurtenbach, a sophomore at Lisbon.

Many farming students have this same problem — work before and after school hours.

Kurtenbach, who also is a state qualifying wrestler, said he tends to be more tired at school. Another issue is homework completion.

Cole Albaugh, a junior at Lisbon, said he doesn’t always get his homework done or he struggles to get it done because he has to help his dad a lot on the farm.

Since Albaugh often struggles, his grades drop and then he has more work piled on top of more work. Albaugh wishes teachers understood his situation.

Another problem is farming students have to schedule their work around school or sometimes have to miss school.

“I have to miss multiple days to help with harvest,” freshman Jamien Moore said.

With harvest season coming up, Moore and other students will be missing school to help with their farms.

Family farms play a huge role in school, but school also plays a huge rule in family farms.

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