DC FFA 2009 highlights
Dassel-Cokato FFA has had an exciting year thus far with the Food Science and Technology Team placing first at the National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis, IN, with several members in attendance.
Also, three members from the DC FFA received their American FFA Degrees, including the first female from the chapter, Melissa Benoit.
This year, the chapter also raised over 2,000 canned food items through its annual food drive. This year, $7,000 was raised during the corn drive benefiting the Courage Center in Maple Lake. Most recently, FFA collected more than 150 teddy bears at the teddy bear toss.
“Step Up, Stand Out” is the theme this year and more than half a million members around the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels. Stepping up and standing out is not only a way of life for FFA members, it’s also a call to action for others. FFA members set a positive example with their leadership, work ethics and community service activities.
The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for youth in agriculture. From its beginnings in 1928, as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. From urban to rural schools, FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of success in one of 300 careers in agriculture. FFA members are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals and be the leaders of tomorrow. They stand out by recognizing the importance of being active in their schools and communities, and are urged to step up when volunteers are sought, friendship is needed, and leadership is required. Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agricultural education and FFA are making a positive difference for members every day. FFA members have opportunities to attend national leadership conferences, develop a supervised agricultural experience project, learn life skills, and serve their communities with civic engagement.
They are our future engineers, scientists, teachers, and producers. One of every five Americans is employed in the food, fiber, and natural resources industries of agriculture, and FFA members are the future of these important industries.
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Co. and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.