By JENNIFER SIMMONS
Pulaski County High School Agriculture teacher
During National FFA Week, observed Feb. 16-23, the Pulaski County Chapter of Future Farmers of America put this year’s theme, “Grow,” into action. Celebrating more than 80 years of traditions while eagerly anticipating the FFA’s future, the chapter officers planned a program of activities to showcase the organization to students, educators and the community.
The week began Monday, Feb. 18 with a visit from the Virginia State FFA secretary, treasurer and reporter. Upon their arrival, chapter officers from Pulaski and Giles County FFA had breakfast together and the state officers led leadership activities and spent time with classes in the agriculture department.
After school, the Pulaski officer team visited Snowville Elementary, where they directed activities with the kids in the after school program. All the kids were split into different age groups and given an agriculture-related activity, which was both educational and fun.
On Tuesday, three chapter officers visited the Pulaski County School Board office to give their thanks for everything they do. The employees were given small tokens of appreciation. To show appreciation for the teachers at Pulaski County High School, the FFA hosted a pie social Wednesday in the teachers’ lounges. Each pie was paired with an agriculture industry and served with facts about that product. On the same day, the FFA hosted an ice cream social for all their members after school.
Thursday night, the FFA hosted a barbecue dinner for the teachers to enjoy during parent-teacher conferences.
The FFA is active inside and outside of the classroom. With more than 550,000 members nationwide, these members come from rural, suburban and urban environments and are interested in the diversity of opportunities within agriculture. The Pulaski County FFA Chapter is creating future leaders who are proud of their blue corduroy jackets.
Through agricultural education and hands‐on learning, they are preparing for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. Thank you for supporting the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.