Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter members will lead the school in a celebration of “National FFA Week” February 22-26.
Lakeside FFA members geared up for next week’s celebration by working with almost 200 kindergartners who visited Lakeside this week during the annual KinderFest day. FFA students taught a child-friendly lesson on some of the 20,000 uses of soybeans through video and hands-on demonstrations. The session ended with an FFA invitation to enter a kindergarten coloring contest.
Official FFA Week activities begin Monday. There is also a coloring contest for staff and students due in the office by Tuesday, 2/23 with a $20 gas card as a prize. All week, a daily clue will be given to find a cow eraser in a scavenger hunt, and “Ag Trivia” will be played during lunch periods; both activities offer candy bar prizes donated by the Lakeside FFA Alumni. All students are welcome to win a candy bar by entering “Ag Olympics” mornings before school in the Woods lab. Tuesday’s competition is driving a nail; Thursday’s is frozen chicken bowling; Friday brings bale tossing by the dumpsters.
On Monday, FFA members wear official dress and chapter t-shirts, and will host a staff appreciation breakfast. The chapter’s monthly meeting will be held Tuesday night with pizza at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Columbus High School FFA has invited Lakeside FFA members to Columbus to meet and greet National FFA President, Ms. Taylor McNeel, from Arkansas, as she visits Wisconsin. After chapel on Wednesday, all students receive a Hershey kiss with an ag fact card. On Thursday, a “guidance-complete” New Holland tractor will be available during Small Engine and Ag Survey classes for demonstrations in the parking lot, made possible thanks to Waupun Implement. On Friday, students are invited to the first annual milk chug during lunch.
The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 36 members who attend conferences, organize service projects, and develop skills in projects related to animals, plants and natural resources. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
As students at Lakeside continue to prepare for their futures and eternity, the FFA theme for the year uses Luke 10:2 “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” as a dual reminder–both for the need for gospel outreach and also the need for workers in the field of agriculture and natural resources. According to a Purdue University study sponsored by the USDA, 54,400 annual jobs exist for college graduates in the areas of food, renewable energy, and environment.
According to UW-Madison, agriculture accounts for $88.3 billion of our state’s economy and 413,500 jobs. With most people now being 3-5 generations removed from “the farm,” FFA helps to educate others about where safe food and stocked shelves fill the connection between the “farm to your fork.”
Designated in 1947 during the week of George Washington’s birthday for his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer, National FFA Week aims to share the advantages of FFA membership. Common myths that are that members must live on a farm or are required to show at a fair. The reality is that any student can join at any time by contacting an FFA member. FFA is the world’s largest youth organization, creating leaders who explore careers through ag and technical education. From its start in 1928 in Kansas City, MO, with 33 young men, National FFA now offers a variety of awards, including over $2.1 million in scholarships annually