A couple of weeks ago I was given a special invitation from Mr. Seachrist (yes, he is now my brother-in-law). I was asked to come talk to the seventh grade class at Beaver Local Middle School.

I gladly accepted and we discussed some things I could talk about with the students, but I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t want to bore them, but I wanted them to gain at least one thing from our talk.

As I stood in front of the class, I was a little intimidated at first, but once we got going, I would have to say it was a success!

They made me laugh and I hope they got a laugh or two from me.

We talked about journalism, agriculture and, believe it or not, history — and how history is being made constantly.

The class asked me questions about what I do as a journalist and why I enjoy being a part of the agriculture community.

I also explained to the class about the creation of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and what they do. I explained that this was history made just a couple of years ago.

We also discussed how the creation of the board and the livestock care standards is impacting farmers and changing the way they produce our food.

Another topic we discussed was the shale boom and how it is changing the landscape before their eyes.

One student gave me a good chuckle. He asked me if I could talk to the well drillers because they had been drilling and the bright lights were keeping him up at night.

I was rather surprised at how much the students were paying attention to what I was saying and how much they seemed to be getting from what we were talking about.

For extra points, the students were instructed to read “The Social Silo” and come up with some headlines.

Take a look! I thought they were pretty creative!

“How do the Farm Animals Survive the Winter Weather? By Reed McGeehan

“I love it, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” By Erin Cochran

“Journalist Kristy Foster Visits BLMS 7th Graders” By Andrea Trotter

Lizzy Munoz had two headlines: “Foster the Farm Girl and “Farmers Feeding the World Today”

“Kristy (Foster) Seachrist – Telling Their Stories” By Dana Hackney

“Loving the Land That We Live On!” By Rebecca Scarcella

Thank you to Mr. Seachrist and the class for inviting me to come talk. I greatly enjoyed it! I hope the students sincerely did gain something from our talk. I know I learned that sometimes you need to take a moment and look at the world through a young person’s eyes!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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