The local chapter of Future Farmers of America is hosting several activities at Maricopa schools this week during National FFA Week.

On Tuesday, the third annual Special Olympics Rodeo at Santa Rosa Elementary kicked off the events. Special Education students from the district gathered outside of the school for rodeo activities such as barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying that they accomplished while riding their stick horses.

Merle Robinson of the Maricopa chapter said the purpose of the activities this week is to build awareness about the organization.

After the rodeo, FFA members will head to Maricopa High School on Wednesday where the National Guard will have its rock wall all day. Both groups hope to interest the high school crowd with information on their organizations.

Finally, on Friday a petting zoo will be set up at Maricopa Elementary for all elementary students to enjoy. Robinson said this event was designed to introduce children to farm animals that are a large part of the FFA program.

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