Hoo threw the party?

Agriculture teachers always surprise us every day whether it’s an amazing lesson plan or a surprise field trip; they always seem to make our day better. So how can we make their day better? Maybe help out in the class a little bit, bring a gift, or maybe even write them a thank you letter. The Carson Valley FFA chapter in Nevada decided to throw their Ag teacher a surprise party for her birthday.

The party started after school and was supposed to be a surprise, but being a wise owl she figured it out so it wasn’t really a surprise. Either way after school a group of passionate and caring students gathered in Mrs. Futch’s classroom and partied for nearly 4 hours after school. Through the planning and hard work of the officer team, Mrs. Futch was pleased with what she found in her room. The party was definitely something to remember. It showed Mrs. Futch that she was loved by her chapter.

If you ask most agriculture teachers why they do what they do they will say “To be a positive role model for students and teach about my passion.” Mrs. Futch has been that and more to the students of Carson Valley. “She’s not just a teacher or an advisor, she’s a mentor. She spends as much time as possible to allow us to thrive in the FFA. It was the least we could do” – FFA Officer. This action that they put into place is one of the small ways the chapter has used to show their advisor gratitude.

The gratitude aspect is not the only thing that makes this an extraordinary chapter. This was also a great way to bond the chapter. From the food fight and playing “Just Dance” to fixing hotdogs this was a great experience for their chapter.  In that moment the members didn’t realize that those hours spent together goofing off would have such an impact on them. The time spent hanging out with their chapter helped them grow in communication skills and helped the whole chapter connect and build more friendships.

So throwing the party for their advisor not only made her day, but it actually helped the chapter in the long run. It included new members to come mingle with veteran members. It also gave the officer team a chance to plan something without the support of an advisor which for any officer team is a valuable and resourceful skill.  Many chapters can use the birthday party idea to make an impact in their advisors’ life and to maybe spark a passion in someone else’s.

-Lisandra Mejia

Editor and Vice President of Everything Agriculture

Elementary Equipment Education

This weeks chapter of the week is dedicated to the chapter that focuses on developing the next generation while making sure there is a next generation to teach. While in younger grades we are taught about fire safety and online safety there was something most of us were missing. That was farm and equipment safety. Monmouth Roseville FFA chapter in Illinois has devoted themselves to changing that.

While using the hands-on experience they taught 5th graders in the community how to handle farming equipment and what to do if the unexpected happens. One of the workshops took place with a fake grain silo that they had built. The workshop was that someone had fallen into the silo and the students had to figure out a calmly way to get them out. This used real-life scenarios to prepare students for the small possibility that something like this could happen and how to respond to it.

Monmouth Roseville also used their resources to teach the kids about proper ATV, tractor, railroad safety.  This among other are agricultural skills that the kids learned from the members.  The chapter said that they felt that there was a need in the community for the young people to know how to act around equipment and how to treat it. Teaching these students was just as impactful for the FFA members. It combined their passion for teaching, with their passion for the kids.

This was a great way to combine high schoolers with 5th graders and help build relationships between them. While also giving the high schoolers the experience of teaching and giving the 5th graders the information that could possibly save their life one day. All FFA chapters should be reaching out to younger communities around the nation to make sure that no careless mistake changes a students life.  It is the duty of FFA members to exert an influence in their home and community, and this FFA chapter is doing exactly that.

 

-Lisandra Mejia

Vice President/Editor for Everything Agriculture