Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Agriculture

February 21, 2014

North Decatur celebrates National FFA Week

GREENSBURG – North Decatur Jr-Sr High School (NDHS) FFA members have been celebrating National FFA Week with a variety of activities.

The NDHS FFA chapter organized and implemented a variety of daily activities for the entire school. There were daily dress-up theme days, lunchtime activities, trivia contests, a day where students could drive tractors to school, an elementary school coloring contest and a pedal tractor pull for the NDES students. The week concluded with a lunch cookout for the entire chapter.

According to FFA advisor and NDHS agriculture teacher Scott Johnson, the chapter organized the celebrations and activities, but the entire school was invited to participate.

“FFA is the largest student organization in the world, so National FFA Week isn’t just being celebrated here, but throughout the country,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he hopes the other students will be encouraged to join FFA next year. Currently, there are almost 200 members in the NDHS FFA chapter, from grades seven through twelve.

“The chapter members are making an impact on those younger kids at the elementary school that will someday be over here, hopefully to join FFA,” Johnson said.

On Monday, students in kindergarten through third grade were given coloring sheets for a contest. The pictures will be judged by FFA members and the top three students in each grade will receive a prize.

In addition, NDES students in fourth through sixth grades took part in a pedal tractor pull, with pizza parties awarded to the winners from each grade.

“The kids really enjoy this week, especially going over to the elementary school and doing the dress-up days. We probably see more participation this week than with anything else throughout the year,” Johnson told the Daily News.

FFA members are involved in a wide range of activities and projects that are related to many aspects of agriculture and agribusiness. Students take classes and compete in events ranging from horticulture to natural resources, from agricultural mechanics to animal science.

Any student with an interest in any aspect of agriculture is invited to contact Johnson at school for more information about joining FFA.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004; Amanda.browning@greensburgdailynews.com

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