FFA Week Activities Set

Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Piggott High School FFA chapter.(courtesy photo)

National FFA Week is set for Feb. 20 to 27, with observances by chapters across the country. The Piggott High School FFA chapter will also be celebrating with a variety of special events and activities.

This year's theme is "Transform" and it embraces more than 85 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future. More than a half million members are expected to take part in the National FFA Week activities at the local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington's birthday is FFA Week, which runs from Saturday to Saturday. The week was formed to give FFA members the opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their schools, and community, learn about the FFA and agricultural education.

As part of the observance, the Piggott chapter will take part in a variety of activities during the week.

Monday, Feb. 20, is President's Day and there will be no school that day. But, some local members will be traveling to Magnolia to take part in the Southern Arkansas University land contest.

Tuesday is "Greenhand Day" as the chapter honors all of their new FFA members. The first year members, known as Greenhands, will be dying their hands to show their induction into the local FFA chapter.

Wednesday the chapter will host their annual faculty and staff pancake appreciation breakfast. Thursday is FFA t-shirt day, and some members will be taking part in the NEA Weld-a-Thon at ASU-Newport. The week will wrap-up on Friday, as the FFA members will gather in the ag room for lunch as they hold their annual member luncheon/cookout.

Today's FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, and is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island.

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