Monday, March 4, 2013

Greenville FFA to celebrate 2013 National FFA Week

FFA Officers meeting with Mayor Michael Bowers for the signing of FFA Week Proclamation were 2nd Vice President Thomas Shaw, President Patrick Garber, Sentinel Olivia McDade, Student Advisor Dylan Kolb, 1st Vice President Emily Vanhorn, Treasurer Kiara Davidson , Reporter Sheiann Mead, and Secretary Rachael Schmitmeyer.
Greenville FFA will celebrate National FFA Week February 16-23, 2012. GROW is the theme this year and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA Traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than half a million members around the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels. FFA members set a positive example with their leadership, work ethic and community service activities.

FFA Week is always celebrated by FFA Chapters each February during the week of Washington’s Birthday, February 22nd. The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for youth in agriculture. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. From urban to rural schools, FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of success in one of the 300 careers in agriculture.

As a part of National FFA Week, Greenville FFA members will participate in the following special events for its members as well as for the student body, faculty and community members. Several of the activities will include a bowling party for members on Sunday, dress up days during the week, Hats to benefit Children’s Hospital, a Blood Drive, Monday a FFA snow tubing trip and Ag Ball at Mississinawa, a Teacher Appreciation Lunch prior to Parent Teacher Conferences, a pizza party for members at lunch, and conducted a Kiss The Pig Contest to benefit Children’s Hospital. The chapter will also put signs around the community and members will be interviewed on the Tiger 97.5 FM. Mayor Mike Bowers will also sign a proclamation declaring National FFA Week in Greenville.

FFA members are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals and be the leaders of tomorrow. They stand out by recognizing the importance of being active in their schools and communities and are urged to step up when volunteers are sought, friendship is needed and leadership is required.

FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agricultural education and FFA are making a positive difference for members every day. FFA members have opportunities to attend national leadership conferences, develop a supervised agricultural experience project, learn life skills and serve their communities with civic engagement. For example, Greenville FFA members sponsor blood drives, participate in Toys for Tykes and Teens, Operation Christmas Child, Food drive, and built a mitten tree. Members have also participated in the Adopt a Highway program, collected pet food for the animal shelter, and other community service projects.

FFA members are our future engineers, scientists, teachers and producers. One of every five Americans is employed in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture, and Greenville FFA members are the future of these important industries.

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Co. and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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