February 24, 2005

Memphis Chapter Celebrating National FFA Week February 19th-26th

INDIANAPOLIS, IN The National FFA Organization is celebrating National FFA Week, February 19-26. Learn. Lead. Succeed. is the theme this year. Members around the nation are participating in FFA Week activities at the local and state level.

The purpose of National FFA Week is to create awareness of the organization, which was created in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America. This name was changed to the National FFA Organization in 1988 to recognize the growing diversity of the agricultural industry. There are chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The Memphis Chapter is celebrated the special week with a number of activities. Members attended church at Hitt on February 20 as a group. The local FFA members were guests on Coffee Break on KMEM on February 21. February 22 was Mis-Match day where members dressed in mis-matched outfits for school. The Memphis FFA Chapter hosted a special breakfast at the school Wednesday morning.

The local organization will cap off the school week on Friday by wearing camouflage or country attire and also driving trucks and tractors to school instead of their cars. The week will end on Sunday with a rollerskating party for members at Kahoka.

FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and personal success.

With a past rooted in the values of American agriculture and an eye on the future of an ever-changing world, FFA has become one of the largest and most diverse student groups today. FFA has a membership of nearly half a million students nationwide. A continued focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success has made FFA one of the symbols of what is positive in Americas youth.

By expanding the traditional view of agriculture to include science, business and technology, FFA has become a national icon in promoting the diversity of the agricultural industry. With more than 300 career opportunities available to students through agricultural education, FFA members have been labeled the leaders of tomorrow.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA and supports programs by working with sponsors to raise funds for scholarships that are awarded to outstanding members.

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