May 30, 2016

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Tractor Day plows into Cloverleaf High School

WESTFIELD TWP. — Nearly two dozen teenagers got their “tractor groove on” Friday at Cloverleaf High School.

The annual “drive-your-tractor-to-school day” drew at least 20 machines to the high school parking lot, and Principal Ron Tisher said the annual event has been going on for some time.

Cloverleaf High School freshman Jacob Beadnell cranks up his 1939 Allis-Chalmers tractor Friday morning before parading it around the high school parking lot on “drive-your-tractor-to-school day.” (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

“The school’s been here since 1960, so I think it’s been a regular thing since about then,” he said.

Open-cab drivers experienced a chilly Friday morning ride of about 33 degrees, said Tisher, who added that the tractor day gives students something to look forward to.

“They’ll remember this more than what they learned in class today,” he said while admiring the machines parked in the lot.

Students who drove tractors to school posed for a yearbook photo shortly after 10 a.m. Friday in the parking lot. Prior to that, they paraded their tractors around a stretch of the lot and portions of Buffham and Friendsville roads.

The makes of tractors included John Deere, Kubota, Allis-Chalmers and New Holland.

For Brad Terry, a Cloverleaf senior, Friday was his first tractor day. He said he drove an International 1066 Turbo about 15 mph for 40 minutes from the west side of Seville.

“This is sweet,” he said. “You get to take your tractor to school and get out of class a little.”

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