Spencer County FFA Named National Chapter Award Winner
INDIANAPOLIS (October 21, 2010) – The Spencer County FFA Chapter in Taylorsville, Ky., was named Model of Innovation winner in student development at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
The nation’s top 10 chapters in the student development division competed for the award. Spencer County FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention’s second general session on Thursday, Oct. 21. Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, chapter and community development divisions.
A primary focus of the Spencer County FFA in the past year was a new initiative aimed at encouraging their home community to be more active in recreational activities. The brainchild of the chapter was a new event, a community-wide “Dancing with the Stars” activity. Cooperating with the high school dance team, 100 percent of the chapter’s 291 members assisted in selling tickets to the event that attracted 900 community members and taught them to see the fun of dancing and learn about healthy lifestyles. The event funds were split with the dance team and allowed the Spencer County members to attend FFA camp.
The chapter also hosted other events, including an Ag Arithmetic Day. The day taught 210 middle school students how agriculture could be related to core content academics with stations that included geometric calculations, cost comparisons of floral design boutonnieres and the color probability of Koi fish. The chapter also had members volunteer as tour guides at the North American International Livestock Expo.
The Models of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere and Ford Motor Company. It is one of the many ways FFA members accomplish the FFA mission and succeed in making a difference in their communities and the lives of others.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more information visit www.ffa.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and FFA Nation.
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