CHIPLEY — Students throughout Holmes and Washington Counties will be celebrating National FFA Week this week, Feb. 16-23.
National FFA Week gives members a chance to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters host teacher appreciation breakfasts, conduct "Ag Olympics" competitions, speak to the public about agriculture, volunteer for community service projects and more.
The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday, and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday.
At Chipley High School, FFA Sponsor Michele Curts reports a variety of activities are planned. “On Tuesday we are having a Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, and Wednesday is a cookout for the FFA members,” Curts said.
Thursday is Barn Yard Day at Roulhac Middle School to teach the middle schoolers about agriculture and FFA.
“We are asking all former FFA members that still have their FFA jackets to display them around the community to promote awareness of National FFA week,” Curts said.
“This is a great FFA program with the focus of continually improving,” she said. “The community and school support is absolutely wonderful, we have started an alumni chapter of adults whose primary focus is to support the students in the program.
“We have goals to continue to grow the Chipley FFA chapter and to hopefully start a middle school program at Rouhlac in the future,” Curts said. “I am extremely excited by the students, their dedication, enthusiasm and belief in this FFA chapter and that is the key to our success.”
See more photos and full story in the Feb. 20 edition of the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times-Advertiser.