FFA chapters around the state are celebrating National FFA Week. The occasion provides an opportunity for students, alumni and sponsors to share positive experiences with the FFA along with creating a time to advocate for agricultural education. Individuals come together to share with local, state and national audiences the positive impact the National FFA Organization has on its members every day.
Many FFA chapters around Ohio use FFA week as a time engage in activities different from their normal curriculum. Read on to learn about some of the unique ways FFA chapters celebrated National FFA Week in 2016.
Westfall FFA: School-wide penny drive
The Westfall FFA Chapter recognizes National FFA Week by facilitating a week-long student and staff spirit week, a teacher appreciation breakfast and an annual school-wide penny drive for Nationwide Children’s hospital.
“The Westfall FFA school-wide penny drive takes place throughout the duration of FFA Week,” said Jake Wuebben, Agricultural Educator at Westfall High School. “Our students and staff are encouraged to bring in spare change that will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”
The chapter’s Agricultural Business class, consisting of five students, is in charge of the planning and facilitating of the week-long fundraiser.
“This event is competitive every year and gets all students and staff members involved,” said Charlee Prushing, vice president of the Westfall FFA Chapter. “I love how enthusiastic and excited students are to be a part of this charity event.”
Anthony Wayne FFA: Teacher and staff appreciation luncheon
The Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter participates in many events during the week, but their teacher and staff appreciation luncheon has always been a school favorite. The luncheon serves as a thank you for all teachers and staff members for their continued support of the chapter each year.
“The officer team plans every detail,” said Courtney Bockbrader, Agricultural Educator at Anthony Wayne High School. “This includes the menu and shopping list, creating invitations, set up and clean up and greeting teachers and staff members during the lunch itself.”
The hard work the students put in to prepare for the luncheon pays off in the end.
“Over 100 teachers and staff members attended during their lunch periods this year,” Bockbrader said. “Several teachers say they look forward to this day every year.”
Cardington FFA: Ag Olympics
The Cardington FFA Chapter looks forward to National FFA Week each year as a time to build relationships and create lasting memories by participating in recruitment, Ag Ball during a pep rally and Ag Olympics during their class periods.
“There are three committees that contribute to the planning and facilitating of FFA Week,” said Erin Wollett, Agricultural Educator at Cardington High School. “Students in the Ag Olympics Committee plan the events and activities that happen during class periods each day.”
The chapter’s officer team plays a big role in FFA Week. Chapter officers volunteer their time to host and facilitate the Ag Olympic games “Minute-To-Win-It” style. Some games include hay bale stacking, chicken bowling and donut on a string challenges.
“Our chapter chose these events because they are so ridiculously funny,” said Makenna McClure, chapter secretary. “Ag Olympics is the best part of the day during FFA week. The games get everyone pumped up for FFA and bring our chapter closer together.”