INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Oct., 21, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Alumni Association strives to support FFA many different ways. This year, at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo, the FFA Alumni awarded the Washington County FFA Alumni Chapter for Washington County, Kansas, the Outstanding FFA Alumni Chapter. They were awarded due to their support of their local FFA Chapter.
Washington County FFA Alumni support their local FFA Chapter through several activities. The alumni chapter serves as an advisory council to assist the ag science instructor in selecting the ag curriculum while also including the parents in the selection process. This allows for enrollment in the ag science program to rises as adjustments are made to fit the needs of the students and skills of the instructor.
Finically supporting students is another way the Washington County support their FFA Chapter. The alumni held a Fun Auction to raise money. The alumni raised $13,275 to send 47 students to Kansas FFA Leader Lab, Washington Leadership Conference, Kansas and National FFA Convention & Expos, state conference for chapter leaders, and various camps along with providing college scholarships.
“Our members are very involved with the organization. The more you put into it, the more you get of it for the kids,” Rod Stewart, Washington County FFA Alumni member, said. “This is just an award for our members to show that they are very involved and it shows with our chapter.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.