FFA Week celebrated through Saturday

Friday, February 24, 2012

By Samantha Reese

Cornersville High School freshman

Special to the Tribune

Future Farmers of America week takes place this year from Feb. 18 to 25.

FFA week gives members a chance to educate the public about agriculture. The National FFA Organization began in Kansas City, Mo. Founded in 1928, FFA united students, teachers, and agribusiness in support of agricultural education. Today FFA remains committed to the individual student developing potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Millions have participated since 1928, proudly wearing the blue and gold FFA jacket and championing the FFA creed. Today there are 540,739 FFA members with 43 percent of them being female. FFA prepares its members for fields in agriculture marketing, processing, communications, education, horticulture, production, natural resources, forestry, and agribusiness to name a few.

Cornersville FFA members are proud to represent and recognize National FFA Week. Activities are planned during the week to promote agriculture awareness at school.

Events include a coloring contest; guess the kernels in a jar; and a reading day planned for the younger students at Cornersville Elementary School. The high school will participate in daily events including dress up days from Tuesday through Friday; drive your tractor to school day, corn hole; sack race; pedal tractor race; and, muddy vehicle day. The FFA members will also provide a teacher appreciation breakfast.

National FFA week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt. Make a conscious choice this week to think about how the agriculture industry influences and affects all of our lives. FFA offers personal growth, leadership, and career success turning young adults into solid citizens.