INDIANAPOLIS — FFA chapters at Tooele, Grantsville and Stansbury high schools are celebrating National FFA Week, which began on Feb. 17 and ends Feb. 24, 2018.
National FFA Week embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future, according to FFA.
More than 653,000 members participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. Members have a passion for agriculture, according to FFA.
The three local high school FFA chapters had 365 total members in 2017, but that number is suspected to be more than 400 this year, according to Robert Gowans, FFA advisor at Tooele High School.
Designated a national week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday, National FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education.
Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow, according to FFA. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for 255 unique career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.
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 U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
According to FFA, its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education, according to FFA. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities.
According to Gowans, FFA is locally available to 9-12 grade students at Tooele, Grantsville and Stansbury high schools. To join, students must first be enrolled in an agriculture education class. Each chapter has officers and FFA activities run year-round.
The FFA advisors at Tooele High include Gowans, Janette Shields, Coby Champneys and Kassidie Russell; at Grantsville High advisors are Ed Johnson, Hollie Johnson and Gabby Rigby; and at Stansbury High advisors are Codie Miller and Dustin Fish.
Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn signed a proclamation last Friday designating Feb. 17-24, 2018 as FFA Week.
For more information on FFA, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog. For more about the foundation, visit FFA.org/Give. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.