National FFA Week began Saturday, February 16, throughout the U.S. and included activities and events at the national, state, and local level in all 50 U.S. states throughout last week.
Each year, National FFA Week gives the nearly 560,000 FFA members throughout the country, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands a chance to raise public awareness about FFA and agricultural education and share the importance of American agriculture in general.
South Tama FFA celebrated National FFA Week by hosting a canned food drive which donated over 400 cans to the community food pantry. The local FFA also gave away healthy food items to the high school student body with FFA/Agriculture facts on them to raise awareness. One fact that surprised many students and staff is that FFA does not stand for Future Farmers of American. Since 1988 it is no longer an acronym, it is now the National FFA Organization. The high school participated in Agriculture contests throughout the week. Some of these contests included: calf roping, bale tossing, boot race, milk chugging, and tug of war. The FFA also hosted a faculty breakfast to show their appreciation.
Lucas Shope, President of the STC FFA, serving Cherie Overton, a Special Education teacher, during the faculty breakfast.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.