Students plan trip to Action City
March 23, 2007
Students in the Agriculture Education (Ag. Ed.) Society are planning a trip to Action City, which is located in Eau Claire, Wis., to raise money for their organization.
The money raised will help send members to the national convention in Indianapolis. While the name of the organization may deter people, it shouldn’t.
“It sounds like it’s just for Ag. Ed. majors, but it’s not,” senior Jeanna James said. James’ role is the reporter for the society.
The students in the society spend their time helping judge different Future Farmers of America (FFA) events around Minnesota and Wisconsin and work a lot with parliamentary procedure activities.
One of the group’s recent activities was teaching a workshop to interested students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences in the procedures; while the workshop was a success, the students involved said they wished it could have been open to more students.
The national convention is a place for River Falls students to gain recognition at the larger level.
The trip to Action City costs $25 for all students or faculty members who wish to attend. The cost covers transportation and four hours of games and activities.
“I’m so excited about this,” James said. “I couldn’t believe the trip is inexpensive.”
Sophomore Jared Acker is the treasurer for the Ag. Ed. Society. He is one of the students who is in charge of the Action City trip.
Acker said the fundraising option at Action City is not very well publicized, but he found out about it during an officer retreat held there. He said he talked to one of the managers and was told about the fundraising. The deal for fundraisers is for groups who come in and pay the $25 fee; the organization will receive 25 percent of the profits.
Action City is sometimes described as more of a modern day Chuck E. Cheese. There are activities there including: go karts that can reach speeds of 26 miles per hour, laser tag, a climbing wall and, weather permitting, mini golf, James said. Normally $25 will only get a guest of Action City four or five different activities in the park; but with this deal students will get four hours of activities.
Buses will be leaving at 4 p.m. Wednesday and returning around 10 p.m.
“I really hope that everyone who goes has fun,” Acker said. “It’s getting close to the end of the semester, so it’s a nice break.”
Tickets are being sold Monday and need to be purchased ahead of time in the University Center or from James. Ag. Ed. Society representatives in residence halls are working to sell tickets as well.