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FFA members: Todays and tomorrows leaders

Sandy student group celebrates learning, community service


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - After signing the proclamation that FFA Week in Sandy is Feb. 16-23, coinciding with National FFA Week, Sandy Mayor Bill King stood with Sandy High School FFA leaders to display the framed proclamation. Pictured, from left, are Secretary Faith Russell, Reporter Tommi Ezard, Vice-President Steven Grassl, President Sarah Rutledge, Mayor Bill King, Sentinel Dalton Davis and Treasurer Carlos Deker.  The Sandy High School FFA chapter will celebrate its activities beginning later this week during its annual time of recognition — National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23.

At this time of year, Sandy FFA members remind local residents that the student-operated organization is involved in the community and that its members appreciate the support they receive from everyone.

Among FFA community service activities are providing food and gifts and clothing for families in need during the holiday season.

The group also collected and assembled food boxes for children who get free lunches during the academic year so they could have more to eat during school vacations.

FFA members’ efforts also assisted the Sandy Kiwanis Club in its program to provide for needy families at the holidays.

To provide some of the funding for the organization’s wide variety of activities, students sell Hood River apples — this year, more than 750 cases.

Sandy FFA members also help other organizations and the city of Sandy by providing a petting zoo for the children at various activities such as the Sandy Saturday Market.

Students currently are collecting nonperishable food to replenish the local food bank in Sandy. Donation barrels are in place at the Les Schwab Tire Center, 37895 Highway 26. FFA members would appreciate all donations at the tire center during February. Their goal for the month is 1,000 pounds of food.

Sandy FFA members are not only proud to be a member of a club of peers with similar interests, but also are honored to be a part of a national tradition that has thrived for about 85 years.

More than 557,000 members nationwide will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, district, regional, state and national levels.

The national organization includes 7,500 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

These members, from all walks of life, come from rural, suburban and urban areas, and are interested in the diversity of careers within the broad scope of agriculture.

Through agricultural education — that extends to the collegiate and post-graduate university levels — students develop skills through hands-on learning. They are preparing for any one of the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries as well as the many careers that directly serve these industries.

In addition, through FFA activities, high school and collegiate members get an early taste of leadership. Through a planned series of events, FFA members learn, practice and develop leadership skills that will serve them and their communities throughout their lives.

The FFA organization stands for leadership, citizenship, patriotism and community service by volunteering.

No statement is clearer about the purposes of the FFA organization and the vocational agriculture classes that support its members than the 12 words of the FFA Motto: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

For more information, contact Sandy High School at 503-668-8011 or visit the website FFA.org.