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Local chapters celebrates National FFA Week

FFA Food For All food driveBy COURTNEY JONES

FFA Chapter reporter

 

Pulaski County FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 15-22. This year’s theme was “Ignite” and it embraced more than 80 years of FFA traditions, while looking forward to the organization’s future.

More than half a million members participated in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels.

The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947. The week, which runs Saturday to Saturday, gives members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture.

Throughout the week Pulaski County FFA Chapter participated in several events. On Monday, chapter officers modeled official FFA dress in the cafeteria during all three lunch periods. Since the FFA emblem is one of the most recognized emblems among student organizations, officers knew showcasing them to the PCHS student body would be an influential way to kick off the week.

Tuesday, chapter officers delivered tokens of appreciation to employees and members of Pulaski County School Board. The package included items such as an FFA ink pen, chocolate, cinnamon-candy and a flicker-candle to encourage them to “ignite” their passion for the FFA.

An afternoon social was held after school Wednesday for FFA members and their invited guests. Attendees played games, socialized and ate pizza.

A teacher/staff appreciation meal was held Thursday evening during parent/teacher conferences to show gratitude for their continued hard work in our school. The meal consisted of barbecue, coleslaw, chips, beans and homemade desserts prepared by FFA officers. FFA extends a special thanks to Bucko’s Pantry, Cougar Xpress-Dublin, Food City, Its Snack Time Vending, Marathon/Speedy Mart, Wades-Dublin and Walmart-Dublin for donations made toward the appreciation meal.

The highlight of National FFA Week was a “Food For All” Canned Food Drive held Friday at Dublin Walmart. The community service project collected over 400 cans of nonperishable food items and $246.51 to purchase items needed at New River Valley Community Action Food Pantry. Donated items were delivered Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hand’s-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

The Pulaski County FFA Chapter had a hugely successful National FFA Week and looks forward to “igniting” their passion for agriculture within their school and community throughout the coming months.

Tractor Supply Company sponsors National FFA Week as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12. There are 7,570 FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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