Students walk into Eric Moores’ class not knowing how to use a hammer. Now, with the aid of a new John Deere Compact Track Loader, they’ll learn how to help rebuild their community and change the lives of their neighbors.
Moores, a high school building trades instructor in Woodbine, Iowa, was recently voted by the public as grand prize winner of our inaugural “Small Machines. Big Impact.” contest. John Deere will be sending him and his students a new 333G Compact Track Loader with a WorkSite Pro™ bucket attachment.
“Many customers around the country have done amazing things in their communities — from improving parks to preserving local history — and we wanted to inspire even more people through this contest,” said Graham Hinch, division manager, John Deere Commercial Worksite Products (CWP), Construction & Forestry Division.
Many of these kids come into the class not even knowing how to use a hammer. But through hands-on learning, they come away with skills they can use for the rest of their lives. And quite possibly, use to find very lucrative and rewarding careers.”
Not only will the CTL help the community of Woodbine, it will help Moores’ students learn on the job.
Working alongside students, Moores will use the machine to build baseball fields, new homes, a greenhouse, and walking paths to make a big impact in their small rural community.
Moores said with all the negativity in the world, it’s refreshing to be part of something purely positive.
“Win or not, it’s just been a lot of fun in our community,” Moores said of the contest sponsored by the John Deere Construction & Forestry Division. “It’s been really humbling for sure.”
Nearly 20,000 people visited the contest website, submitting a total of 665 projects from all 50 U.S. states. From community gardens and motocross tracks, to walking paths and dog parks, the call for contest entries generated a myriad of remarkable projects.
With so many inspiring entries, the selection process proved difficult. The following criteria were used to select the finalists:
- How well the project aligned with John Deere’s corporate citizenship priorities of solving world hunger, education, or community development.
- The value that a John Deere machine would bring to the project.
- The potential for community impact.
No losers in this contest
The two runner-up finalists did not leave empty handed. Daryl Bridenbaugh and Tom Noble received yearlong leases on a skid steer or compact track loader from John Deere Financial to help complete their community projects.
Noble of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is rebuilding athletic fields for students in the Oklahoma City public school system. Bridenbaugh of Pandora, Ohio, hopes to clear away flood-damaged homes and build new dreams for his community.
Even more, each of the three finalists’ local dealers – Horizon Equipment in Woodbine, Iowa; Northwest Tractor Company in Ottawa, Ohio; CL Boyd in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – teamed up with John Deere to make a $2,000 contribution to each project.