Path to Greatness: Chores, competition and connections drive Kaleb Bickel
North Branch senior Kaleb Bickel is heading to Huntington University next year to study Agriculture business and animal production, a result of years of hard work on his family's farm. Farming is his passion, he loves to show pigs, and hopes to actually own a commercial swine farm someday.
In between his chores at home, he's an athlete, playing football, soccer, cross country, track and basketball, earning all-conference honors in several of those sports over his high school career.
One of the highlights of his day though, is taking part in Project Raising Hope. Through the FFA and his animal science class at the Lapeer County Educational Technology Center, Kaleb and his classmates take a student with special needs to help feed the livestock on campus. While those relationships grow, the program helps out those in the community in need, as the meat from the livestock is then donated to the Stone Soup Food Pantry. Last year, more than 20,000 meals were donated to families in Lapeer County. It's the only program of its kind in the state, and they hope it will grow to other districts locally and nationally as well.
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