Special needs students participate in ETX State Fair livestock show

Jada has spent each day caring for Ziva with the help of other FFA students.

Chapel Hill student shows off rabbit at East Texas State Fair

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Chapel Hill girl and her classmates are inspiring others with their hard work and determination. This year special needs students from Chapel Hill High School are participating in the high school’s Future Farmers of America chapter. As a part of that, the students are also partaking in the East Texas State Fair in Tyler. One student, Jada Rider, is participating in the junior livestock show with her Jersey Wooly rabbit named Ziva.

“We’re just one big family,” said Shawna Murphy, teacher at Chapel Hill ISD.

Ms. Murphy says the students practiced for the show last year and are excited to be apart of this year’s event. She says since the start of the school year, Jada has spent each morning and afternoon caring for Ziva with the help of other FFA students.

“She loves hay, food, and water. And I just love her,” said Rider.

Jada tells us that Ziva is a big cereal fan, her favorite being Cheerios. FFA Advisor Kenny Carnes says that while caring for the animals, students are learning big life lessons like responsibility.

“These animals must be cared for everyday,” said Carnes. “Rain or shine, sick or not. These animals have to be cared for.”

The junior division rabbit show is set for Tuesday night at the East Texas State Fair.

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