FFA Week celebration


The mission statement from ffa.org says it all; “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” This mission statement is reflected in the lives of the students and then further reflected in their relationships within the community. The leadership skills developed in students by participation in the FFA translate to future success in college, in technical schools, on the job and in their communities for the rest of their lives.
The local chapter of FFA is celebrating National FFA week beginning Saturday, Feb. 22. The week kicks off with a Community Breakfast that morning, to be held at the Licking High School cafeteria, 7:30  - 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate in this event as a way of saying thank you for the community’s support. Breakfast will be provided, cooked and served by the Licking FFA; donations are accepted. “The kids do a great job of handling this event with minimal supervision,” says Van Kirkwood, Licking R-VIII Ag teacher and FFA Advisor.
Members’ community involvement continues on Sunday, Feb. 23, when they will attend worship services at Rock Springs Baptist Church in honor of FFA Week.
FFA members will be recognizable by their “warm and cozy” attire on Monday and on Tuesday, when “Camo” will be the dress code.
On Wednesday, the Licking High School and Jr. High teachers and staff will be served a luncheon of pulled pork and vegetable soup in the Ag Room as the Licking FFA shows their appreciation. These teachers and staff are supportive in their cooperation when special FFA events take the students out of the classroom setting and into agricultural and leadership opportunities elsewhere. FFA members will dress in attire of their dream career, which could include teachers, biologists, veterinarians and farmers, of course.
Blue and Gold Day is Thursday and FFA members will be setting up for Friday’s petting zoo and will have their meeting and a pizza party. Members on Blue and Gold Day will sport FFA apparel.
February 28 is Farmer Friday and members will dress accordingly. The Petting Zoo will be enjoyed by Licking Elementary students in the Ag room and they will be nourished with animal crackers and Kool-Aid, compliments of the Licking FFA. The fourth and fifth graders will participate in a Food for America event. The FFA members will do a hands-on demonstration and then help the students make butter and homemade whipped cream as they hope to answer the question, “Where does your food come from?”
FFA members will be driving their tractors to school on Friday for “Drive your tractor to school or work day.” Licking FFA is encouraging all community members to join them by also driving their tractors this day. Gov. Parsons popularized this idea last year when he drove a tractor to work (the Capitol Building) in support of Missouri’s FFA organization.

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