By Steve Salins

Local workshop and service project caps off National FFA Week


February 28, 2019

Journal photo by Steve Salins

Members at the FFA workshop opened activities with a bonding game, where members must untangle themselves from hand-held mixed-up circles of six participants.

Approximately 70 FFA members representing chapters from District 9 gathered together in Lind on Feb. 22 for a climax event to National FFA Week.

A day full of meetings, games, competitive activities and workshops was offered to participants. Although a number of Ag teachers and advisors were present, all activities and workshops were only facilitated by FFA leaders.

The gathering opened with a bonding game, where members untangled from hand-held mixed-up circles of six participants. A 25-question "Kahoot!" contest followed, where members answered information about the history and structure of FFA. Three teams, each named for a present Ag instructor, enthusiastically competed for top score.

The light-hearted opening schedule was followed by Community Service workshops-one preparing quilt material into blankets for distribution. As mid-day approached, an efficient baked potato/chili/cheese bar fed lunch to everyone.

Three workshops dominated the afternoon activities. An evaluation of FFA offered one group an opportunity to share why they joined FFA, what they gained from membership and how they planned to continue personal growth through FFA.

Another workshop addressed the elements of leadership and gave participants a few minutes to prepare a one-minute speech, which each member presented to an FFA officer. All FFA members rotated through each of the workshops.

After a very active and intense series of gym games, everyone gathered to evaluate the event and to share what FFA means to them and how FFA has helped them grow-not only as students of agriculture, but as leaders, community members and through personal growth.

Observers in attendance throughout the day came away with a high regard for the FFA program, impressed with the student leadership, members' personal behavior and bonding, which characterized the entire event.

Journal photo by Steve Salins

FFA members prepare quilt materials into blankets for distribution as part of a community service project during National FFA Week last week.


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