Money not wasted on ACE program

newsroom@islandpacket.comJune 5, 2014 

In response to Wednesday's editorial regarding the ACE program not serving Beaufort County students, I would like the taxpayers to hear another side of the story.

When my son was a freshman at Hilton Head Island High School, his intuitive guidance counselor saw that he was interested in agriculture. She suggested that he go to ACE part time to take agriculture classes for his elective classes. For three years my son went to ACE every other day. Some of the classes he took at ACE were Introduction to Horticulture, Landscape Design, Equipment Operations Maintenance, Forestry and Wildlife and Introduction to Vet Science. His talented and totally committed agriculture teacher, Robin Lutton, got my son interested, and he became a member of Future Farmers of America and the Beaufort County Farm Bureau. He was awarded a grant from his supervised agricultural experience project and was honored as ACE Student of the Year at the completion ceremony in May 2013. He would not have accomplished all of this by taking art, drama and music at the high school.

I believe that my son would not be where he is today without ACE. He is an agricultural mechanization and business major at Clemson University, entering his sophomore year in August. My family and I will be forever grateful to ACE.

Valerie Mayer

Bluffton

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