School FFA programs celebrate agriculture
Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:00 AM
Madison Consolidated High School students are celebrating all that agriculture can do this week. S.W.A.G. (See What Agriculture Gives) Week was started by the national FFA, but local chapters get to decide how to celebrate.
Jaydon Koontz and Clayton Blaylock play cornhole at an FFA Week event at Madison Consolidated High School on Tuesday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchieemail@example.com)
"It's to promote the FFA and agriculture in general," high school FFA advisor Amanda Briggs said. "It's not really a membership thing, it's just to promote the FFA and let the community know what the FFA stands for. And it's just a chance to celebrate our members, too."
Madison's FFA has events every day this week. On Monday, students were on local radio. On Tuesday, members got a free lunch and could play corn hole in the gym. On Wednesday, they visited the Waters nursing home and brought animals to show the residents. Today, the FFA is giving away popcorn at lunch to the student body and on Friday they are going bowling at Ten Pin Alley from 4 to 6 p.m.
Southwestern High School FFA is also celebrating this week.
On Saturday members went to the Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. During the week, the school held dress-up days, including cowboy and cowgirl day on Monday and FFA jacket day Wednesday.
Greg Schneider, FFA advisor at Southwestern said that the week's activities are geared toward creating a visible presence for FFA in the school.
Madison sophomore Hannah DeWitt said that FFA officers chose which events received the most participation in the past and planned to have them again.
"It's mostly about getting the word out," sophomore Ben Hay said. "A lot of people don't know that we have one of the biggest FFA groups in the state."
Officers also planned dress-up days and trivia questions to be read over the school intercom in the morning.