Chino Valley students work to restore Cooper family’s farm truck
Chino Valley High School hosts Mountain Institute JTED’s satellite program in Agribusiness. MIJTED Agribusiness students have the opportunity to work at the Cooper Ag Center, raising a variety of livestock, along with growing hay and engaging in other agriculture-related projects.
One project the students are currently working on is the restoration of Mr. Cooper’s 1959 Chevrolet Viking farm truck.
In 2001, the Cooper family donated 52 acres of farm land to Chino Valley High. Their vision was to keep the youth involved in agriculture and provide the high school with a place to apply skills learned in the classroom. The students have a passion for the farm and maintaining the tradition that the Cooper family has established for them, and several of them had the idea of getting the Chevy truck up and running after 20 years sitting idle. The Chino Valley Agriculture Department threw its weight behind the project, seeing the restoration of the old farm truck as a way to honor the Cooper family.
Area business have been working with the students to refinish the upholstery. Tyler Plumb, a junior, has designed a new truck bed on the Solid Works computer program in his drafting and design class, allowing the students to build the new truck bed out of donated materials. In recent days, the students worked on getting the engine started; Ag Education teacher, Miles Holder, stated, “The first time it finally turned over their eyes lit up. Their hard work and extra time spent at the farm was paying off.” These CVHS students have spent every hour they can spare working on the truck and are excited about achieving their goal. They are looking forward to the new school year and completing the project with the help of donations from the community and areas businesses.
The students have a GoFundMe account for the restoration of Mr. Cooper’s classic truck; the link is located on the Mountain Institute JTED website. MIJTED supports the passion the students have for Ag Education and their selfless dediction to this very special project.
Mountain Institute, one of fourteen Arizona JTEDs (Joint Technical Education Districts), serves high-school eligible students in western Yavapai County, including public, private, charter, home school, and accommodation school students. Education partners include Yavapai College, and the following Unified School Districts: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott, and Seligman. www.mijted.net / 928.771.0791