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Rudder FFA Student Serves as Traveling Author at Texas Schools

Crocket Elementary kindergarten students listened carefully to Katherine Fazzino, Rudder senior, read her book “Reenie’s Ranch Adventure” yesterday.

The Rudder FFA student wrote the book about her show heifer Reenie, who was in attendance at the event and allowed students to greet her afterward.

Yesterday’s story-telling session was one of many Katherine plans to attend as a traveling author at schools in the Brazos Valley area and state-wide. The sustainable community service project is made possible by the Ford Leadership Scholars program that seeks to “enhance the leadership opportunities of Texas FFA members.” Fazzino was recently selected as a Ford Leadership Scholar and is very appreciative of the opportunity the program provides her to touch on values instilled from a long family lineage of Italian cotton farmers and ranchers.

“My path has turned in an exciting direction,” Fazzino said. “The program is allowing me to give back to my community, touching the very essence of my Italian heritage.”

She said the program allows her to develop her long-term goal of “teaching promoting and advocating for agriculture and farming industries.”

The motivation to write the book lied in Fazzino’s desire to give students an opportunity to see, hear and experience agriculture “come to life.” To accomplish this goal, Fazzino wears the same outfit as her character in the book and surrounds herself with set pieces resembling illustrated pictures in the book. Through her character’s integration with her cow Reenie, lessons highlight the value of “being you” and how you should “always follow your dreams.”

A signed copy of “Reenie’s Ranch Adventure” is donated to the school library and a teacher of each campus Fazzino visits.

Always on the move, Fazzino plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall and is already forming plans for her next book.

Copies of the book are available for purchase on Fazzino’s Reenie’s Ranch Adventure website: