By Kendall Dodson, NCHS FFA Chapter Reporter
The Nashville FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27. This year’s theme is Amplify! and it embraces more than 85 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday is FFA Week, and runs from Saturday to Saturday.
FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education.
As a part of National FFA Week, Nashville FFA members are planning some special events like a grain contest, a milk chugging contest, and a coloring contest for Washington County 1st graders. Some of the fun activities include driving tractors to school, the annual cookout, and dress-up days like camo day, Deere vs. International day, ag career day, cowboy/redneck day and FFA day.
To show appreciation for support throughout the year, members will serve the entire NCHS faculty and staff lunch on the Wednesday of FFA Week. Members also have the opportunity to participate in other various events like tractor driving, an FFA cookout, morning trivia, and a pop for prizes activity. These events get everybody in the chapter involved and is always a very exciting week that people look forward to all year round.
To kick off FFA Week, Mayor Kolweier visits the Nashville FFA Officers to sign the Official National FFA Week Proclamation.
Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.