National FFA Week was filled with loads of activities and service projects for the Anderson County FFA students. Officially, the week lasted from February 18 to February 25, and each day was assigned a theme by the national FFA organization.
First off, Sunday was National SAE (supervised agricultural experience) Sunday. According to Jenna Diaz, Anderson County FFA reporter, it was a day for students to showcase their SAE’s and the skills they’ve learned. Student SAE projects can be anything from raising chickens to having a lawn care business to running a candle business.
A number of the Anderson County FFA students also attended Ninevah Christian Church on Sunday, and Diaz said that it started the week off on a good foundation. “Good time to fellowship with my fellow advisors,” said Diaz.
Monday was National Service and Advocacy Day. In honor of this day, the Anderson County FFA students decided to host a week-long children’s book drive. The Anderson County FFA chapter partnered with the local DCBS office to donate the books. As of last Thursday, there were already 4 or 5 boxes of books that had been collected.
Tuesday was National FFA Alumni and Supporter Day. Tuesday was also the first dress-up day for the Anderson County FFA Chapter and the Anderson County High School. Participating students were to dress in red, white, and blue on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the students were to wear camo. On Thursday, they were to dress as hippies and cowboys, and on Friday they were to wear the FFA colors (blue and gold).
Wednesday was National Ag Teacher Appreciation Day. Also, on Wednesday, Diaz and FFA Sentinel Emmali Dorman participated in the Kentucky Legislative Page Program. In addition, they met with the Governor and State Representative James Tipton.
Wednesday night was also Greenhand Degree Night. This is a special occasion when freshman or first year ag students receive their Greenhand Degree. The Greenhand Degree is the first of several degrees that FFA students can receive. The degree shows that you are stepping up in your FFA knowledge. When receiving the degree, students are given a pin to add to their FFA jackets.
Thursday was National FFA Give Day. According to Diaz, the day was focused on giving and donations, and the FFA students helped to play a role in the collections.
Friday was National Wear Blue Day in honor of the FFA colors (blue and gold). There was also a teacher and FFA member lunch served by FFA students during 4th period. The students served grilled burgers and hotdogs to the faculty and FFA members to show their appreciation.
Finally, on Saturday, the Anderson County FFA members competed in the Spencer County Invitational at Spencer County High School. The students competed in talent, speech, and parliamentary procedure contests. Speaking of the Invitational, Diaz said, “We’re really excited this year because we have a full team.”
Later in the Spring, the Anderson County FFA students will be competing in the FFA regional competitions, and according to Diaz the invitational helps the students get their nerves out and prepare for the regional competition.
Overall, National FFA Week offered the students a lot of opportunities and plenty of fun. As Diaz said, “This week is really inspirational.”