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Yard Work for Kids

Summer is in full swing, and your kids are already bored. Do you need a way to get them outside or just out of your hair? Giving them a job/chore outside is a great way to keep them entertained. Not only will it get them outside and active, but it also helps you with the chores. Here are some recommendations for all age groups!   

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Toddlers/ Young Kids (2-5 years old)   

  • Weed the garden/ flowerbeds  
  • Picking up sticks, toys and any unwanted items in the yard   
  • Plant a fast-growing plant (chia pets, sunflowers/flowers, snap peas, radishes, carrots, etc.)   
  • Have them help with planting and adding soil   
  • Water plants

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6-10 years old   

  • In addition to the above:   
  • Plant a Herb Garden   
  • Help transplant shrubs, gardens, etc    
  • Build raised garden beds   
  • Move lawn furniture and larger toys 
  • Hoe the garden  
  • Set up sprinklers    

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10 – 18 years old   

  • In Addition to above:  
  • Rank and bag leaves  
  • Blow off driveway/ sidewalk/ carport 
  • Lay mulch  
  • Create a compost bin  
  • Use lawnmower and weed eater (13+)  
  • Pruning bushes and trees   
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These are just a few ideas to get you started. Kids are usually not fans of doing chores, so don’t tell them it is one! Tell them it is a job and they give paid for it (add it to their allowance). Or make it a competition between kids! See how fast they can pick up all their toys, who can rake the biggest pile of leaves, etc. You can also make it a learning experience for them through gardening and machine maintenance (make sure you do it safely, and that it is appropriate for their age). Now we know there are many more ideas out there, so leave us a comment below on how you get your kids to do yard work?   

 

Feature Friday – Michelle Koliba

Garretts (1 of 1)Name: Michelle Koliba
Store: Victoria
Title: Small Ag Sales
Michelle Koliba is one of two saleswomen at Shoppa’s. Based out of our Victoria location, Michelle sells small ag equipment and attachments. Michelle likes meeting new customers and guiding them to the right piece of equipment for their task. When not helping customers, Michelle likes off-roading, camping, and kayaking with her family and friends.

Feature Friday – Tom Hulon

tomName: Tom Hulon
Store: Beaumont
Title: Sales Consultant

Salesman and former corrections officer Tom Hulon helps customers make sensible decisions regarding their equipment purchases. Tom loves to interact with his customers and becoming their first call when they need something. When not helping customers, Tom is active in his church and music ministry. Tom also likes to golf, fish and lift weights.

Feature Friday – Brad Crist

Headshots_Bios_2018 (16 of 8)Name: Brad Crist
Store: El Campo
Title:  Large Ag Sales Manager

If you have ever bought a piece of large ag equipment, you have probably dealt with Brad Crist, our Large Ag Sales Manager. Brad’s primary responsibilities are focused on the large ag segment of our business, including evaluating trade-ins, ordering new equipment, sourcing used equipment for customer needs, as well as monitoring and managing our used equipment inventory. Brad loves the aspect of not having the same day twice, his favorite part is working with our customers. Before working for Shoppa’s, Brad worked as a Territory Manager and an instructor at the Wichita Training Center for John Deere Company. When Brad is not working with customers, he and his wife Kathy stay busy attending sporting events that involve their six kids.

Feature Friday – Russell Moorman

10264972_1080526532009539_5358821927115355290_nName:   Russell Moorman
Store:    Liberty
Title:      Sales
Russell Moorman is one of two salesmen located out of our Liberty store. As a salesman, Russell is in charge of selling a wide variety of John Deere Equipment while representing Shoppa’s at local events like Trinity Valley Expo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Russell loves to talk with customers and visit with them about equipment, ranching, and hunting. Though only working for Shoppa’s for 3 1/2 years, Russell enjoys talking to customers and matching them to the right piece of equipment, that makes them proud John Deere owners. Russell was a bull rider for 15 years, but now he chases kids and cows.

Feature Friday – Ralph Seidel

Headshots_Bios_2018 (10 of 13)Name:  Ralph Seidel
Store: Victoria
Title: Transportation and Small Ag Set-Up Manager

Have you ever had a piece of equipment from Shoppa’s delivered? If so, it is all thanks to Ralph Seidel. As the Transportation and Small Ag Set Up Manager, Ralph is in charge of making sure all small ag equipment is ready for sale, all 8 locations are fully stocked, and that all sold equipment is delivered. Ralph has 15+ years of experience working with Shoppa’s, and some remember him as the Store Manager for our Bay City store before moving to Victoria. When he is not the “make it happen” guy, Ralph loves to spend time with family and work on the farm. He is a die-hard Texas Aggie fan, loves Crown Royal, poppy seed kolaches, and Minions. But not necessarily in that order.

Feature Friday – David Rose

Headshots_Bios_2018 (15 of 8)Name: David Rose
Store: El Campo
Title: Salesman

You can find David Rose auctioneering at events or helping his kids with livestock and antique tractor projects. But most of the time, David is visiting with his large a customers. David likes to help his customers’ businesses stay functional and profitable. He’s able to do so because of his 25 years of experience in equipment sales and agriculture background.

Feature Friday – Gerard Solano

photo_MeName: Gerard Solano
Store: Beaumont
Title: Salesman

Gerard Solano started working for Bank Equipment as a Field Service Technician 29 years ago. With his experience as a technician, Gerard has been able to serve customers and represent Shoppa’s as a salesman for the past five years. Gerard is a highly skilled individual that loves the environment of working with equipment and people. When not helping customers, Gerard is spending time with family, working on projects and enjoying the great outdoors.

Feature Friday – Ray Banks

Headshots_Bios_2018 (9 of 13)Name:  Ray Banks
Store: Victoria
Title: Sales

Ray Banks is an asset to Shoppa’s with his 30 years of farming, and two years of service experience. Ray’s knowledge of equipment allows him to assist new and current customers in making the right choice that fits their needs and budget.  Ray enjoys meeting new people and works hard to ensure that his customers are happy with their purchase. Out of the office, Ray loves to fish and visit with his kids and grandkids.

Feature Friday – Glenn Vecera

Headshots_Bios_2018 (2 of 13)Name: Glenn Vecera
Store: East Bernard
Title: Store Manager

For 25 years, Glenn Vecera farmed cotton and corn before deciding to make a career change. Now as the Store Manager for the East Bernard location, Glenn oversees all departments. Glenn enjoys saving customers time by delivering parts to different drop-off areas that the East Bernard store covers.  After dropping off parts, Glenn likes to spend time with his wife and two boys going to local sporting events. Glenn is also a member of the Needville ISD School Board and loves to cheer on the Needville Blue Jays.

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