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Washington, Iowa High School Students Drive Tractors To School

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    April 3, 2014 | 9:38 am
    WASHINGTON, Iowa -- Over a dozen high school students in Washington, Iowa drove their tractors to school on Thursday. It was part of an annual showing of support for future farmers.

    Duane Van Winkle, a teacher at Washington High School, said nearly 20 students drove tractors to school.

    "At one point we estimated there was about $1.5 million in [tractors] in the parking lot," Van Winkle said.

    The students had to take-off early before sunrise to beat the traffic at the high school. The group first gathered at the town community center around 5:45 this morning. Students will be let out early to again beat the traffic out of the parking lot this afternoon.

    Organizers say this tradition of driving tractors to school has been taking place for about 30 years.

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