National FFA Organization awards environmental grants to 85 chapters
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​National FFA Organization awards environmental grants to 85 chapters​​

National FFA Organization awards environmental grants to 85 chapters

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, October, 17, 2013/National FFA Organization) – FFA chapters in 34 states that developed a plan to tackle an environmental issue in their community now have funding to help support their efforts thanks to grants from the National FFA Organization.

Chapters from 85 communities learned recently that they received up to $2,000 in funds from the National FFA Organization's Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program and have embarked on yearlong environmental projects.

The grants are provided through funding from corporate sponsors CSX and the Donaldson Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

“CSX recognizes the importance of preserving and protecting the environment,” said Tori Kaplan, assistant vice president of corporate social responsibility at CSX. “These grants serve as a catalyst for engaging FFA members in leading environmental stewardship initiatives in their local communities that will make a difference now and in years to come.”

Each FFA chapter chosen as a $2,000 grant recipient plans to invest the time and skills of its members and enlist community members and local leaders to help them complete a service-learning project focused on a local environmental issue. The service-learning method challenges FFA members to research, develop and implement solutions to problems that affect their school and their community.

More information about the Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program can be found at www.FFA.org/envirogrants.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 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.

About CSX
CSX Corp., based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans about 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX's network connects more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com: Facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficalCSX); Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

About Donaldson Foundation
Established in 1966, the Donaldson Foundation funds charitable causes on behalf of Donaldson Company, Inc. Its mission is to positively impact the communities in which its employees live and work by supporting education. To learn more about the Donaldson Foundation, visit the website at http://www.donaldson.com/en/about/community/foundation.html.