Thursday, February 21, 2008

Newark FFA celebrates 2008 National FFA Week, February 16-23

The Newark FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week Feb. 16-23, 2008. Blue Jackets, Bright Futures is the theme this year and it embodies all the best about FFA members, from the most recognizable symbol of the organization, the blue corduroy jacket, a symbol of pride and tradition, to the bright future of agriculture and the traditions of leadership and hard work. More than half a million members around the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for all youth. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA organization todays reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success.As part of National FFA Week, Newark FFA members are planning the following special events:Sunday- Members will go on a Ski trip to Alpine Valley Ski resort in East Troy, Wisconsin.
Monday- Plans are to go sledding and Cheer the Newark Lady Norsemen to victory in super sectionals in Rockford
Tuesday-Members are serving their annual porkburger lunch and have a bowling night in Morris.Wednesday-Blue and Gold Day (all members are encouraged to wear National Blue and Corn Gold) and also Greenhand day (all first year members have their hands dyed green) Members will also go the grade schools and make ice cream and talk about the importance of Agriculture.
Thursday- Drive your tractor to school day. Students have a chance to complete in an Ag Olympics during homeroom. Members will also go the Jr. highs and talk to and recruit future FFA members.Friday-Muddiest Truck Day and Barnyard Zoo (zoo is open to public from 9-1:30 in the ag shop) and the day will conclude with the Kiss a Pig contest for the favorite teacher. All money collected in votes will go to charity.
Saturday- The greenhouse is now completed and we would like to invite everyone to our Open House, Saturday, February 23rd from 1-2:30pm. Refreshments will be served.Newark FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. They are well-mannered, perceptive and willing to help others through service. They are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their career goals. FFA gives many young people an important push to consider their futures-what kind of people, citizens and professionals they intend to be. FFA builds leaders and leaders impact the future.National FFA Week is sponsored by Case IH as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA and supports programs by working with sponsors to raise funds for scholarships that are awarded to outstanding members.

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