FFA chapters are established at six schools in Jackson County.
From Feb. 22 to 29, they celebrated National FFA Week with a variety of activities and themed dress days.
Crothersville FFA members painted the organization’s emblem and names of chapter members on the windows of the school. They also raised the FFA flag on the flagpole in front of the school and hung a banner with the chapter members’ names inside the school.
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Activities included FFA officers serving lunch to fellow FFA members and school staff members, making gifts for the school janitors and lunch staff and a life-sized Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament. Themed dress days included camouflage and college apparel.
Also, before the start of Friday’s boys varsity basketball game against Austin, players and cheerleaders from both schools and Crothersville FFA members displayed a court-length American flag, courtesy of Rose Acre Farms and Crothersville FFA, as the national anthem was played.
At Brownstown Central High School, there were announcements each morning about FFA, and a popular song was played backwards. The first class to ring in with the correct answer won a treat.
The school’s FFA chapter also teamed with Brownstown Elementary School art teacher Mendy Stahl to do an art piece for National FFA Week. Stahl’s students drew various farm and FFA-related pictures, and all 700 of them were displayed in the high school hallways.
The themed days and activities at Brownstown included hat day; America day, mullet day and free popcorn; staff breakfast and farmer day; crazy sock day and cornhole tournament; and FFA colors day and chocolate chip cookies.
At Trinity Lutheran High School, one of the activities gave students an opportunity to race with pedal tractors.
Local FFA chapters also are at Medora Community Schools, Seymour Middle School and Seymour High School.
Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. According to ffa.org, the National FFA Organization is committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.