When Ames resident Michael Ching and contractor Larry Joel needed a grand piano moved, they contacted Nevada FFA advisor Kevin Cooper to see if the “FFA student movers” would take on the challenge.


“We had never moved a horizontal grand piano, but had moved two upright grand pianos, so we knew it would be heavy!” stated Cooper. On Saturday, Cooper and an entourage of student volunteers and a parent headed to just west of Jack Trice stadium to get the piano moved. First the legs were removed, and the piano was turned vertically and strapped to a freight cart with a load binder. The floor covering was put down on the hardwood floor hallway to avoid marking the floor. Using ramps, the piano was wheeled out the door and onto the FFA implement trailer hooked up to the FFA’s ’97 Dodge service truck with four-wheel drive. Ching was quite pleased and presented the Nevada FFA with a donation of $250. The piano was transported to 4269 Cameron School Road and unloaded.


On Thursday, Bill and Laurie Tufford needed a television console moved from their home’s basement on Lake Shore Drive in Nevada. Kaitilin Wegner, along with Cooper and Kaitlin’s father and brother, got the television moved out of the home. The Tufford’s then presented a generous donation of $250 for the assistance. In addition, Laurie had made a generous batch of homemade cookies for all to enjoy.