Local chapter plans activities

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Blue and gold will be at the forefront this week as the Washington High School FFA chapter celebrates National FFA week with a weeklong agenda of activities for the entire school to participate in.

Washington High School FFA adviser Trent Steinhart said that the event is the chance for FFA members to show other students the activities they do. He said the week provides a chance to promote agriculture to the community and to recruit students to join.

?We?re really excited,? Steinhart said. ?We have a lot of students doing a lot of really awesome things. We are trying to involve the youngest kids to the adults in our community ... everyone we can. Our students love this week. It is their favorite week of the year.?

National FFA week kicked off Monday, but students in the district had the day off to honor Presidents Day.

On Tuesday, students came to school dressed as their favorite tractor ? traditionally either red (Case IH) or green (John Deere). Wednesday is ?Farmer Dress-up Day,? Steinhart said. Wednesday begins at 7:15 a.m. with the annual teacher appreciation breakfast. Steinhart said breakfast will be served at all the buildings, but the most people would probably be at the high school.

Thursday will be ?Camo Day,? where students are asked to wear their favorite camouflage outfit. The annual AG Olympics Games will be held in the auxiliary gym beginning at about 1:10 p.m. People not in FFA will be chosen to compete. Games will include a feed bucket race, a nail-driving contest and a feed sack race.

On Friday, it will be ?Blue and Gold Day? and FFA members will wear their chapter T-shirt. Also, it will be the annual event where students get to drive their tractors to school.

The FFA, formerly National FFA Organization, is a career and technical student organization that promotes and supports agricultural education. The name was changed to just FFA in 1988 to promote the idea that agricultural education is more far-reaching than just farming.