Last week FFA acknowledged five schools from four different states through the National Chapter Award program. Chapters were recognized providing educational experiences utilized by all their membership that grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.
National Model of Excellence: Marshall FFA from Missouri
Marshall FFA’s “Welding Our Future Together” program encouraged students to get involved with construction. Members held a welding workshop and toured the Missouri Welding Institute.
National FFA Middle School Model of Excellence: West Jackson Middle FFA from Georgia
West Jackson Middle FFA helped get students interested in eating healthy by hosting a Georgia grown taste test during National Agriculture Week. Members of the chapter partnered with the cafeteria staff to serve more than 400 people two healthy vegetable dips.
Building Communities National Premier Chapter: Pittsfield FFA from Illinois
Pittsfield FFA honored local service men and women by collecting the names of active-duty military members in their community and creating “Heroes Among Us” signs. The signs were hung around the town square and city streets.
Strengthening Agriculture National Premier Chapter: Barrington Middle FFA from Florida
Barrington Middle FFA did a “U-Pick, We Educate” event where members helped educate the community about strawberry growing tasks like planting and harvesting. Through their promotion efforts, 38 local community members helped the FFA chapter pick strawberries while learning about agriculture.
Growing Leaders National Premier Chapter: Paris FFA from Missouri
Paris FFA got their elementary students interested in reading with “Beef Up Reading.” The grade school students were challenged to read more than 95,000 minutes in a month. FFA members went to classrooms to encourage reading, while also getting parents, students and teachers involved with a barbecue brisket dinner on Title I Reading Night.
The National FFA Organization has 8,568 local FFA chapters in the U.S. with 653,359 student members.