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Polk FFA Chapters hold National FFA Week activities Feb. 18-25
Polk FFA Chapters hold National FFA Week activities Feb. 18-25

Polk County Public Schools FFA students are preparing for this year’s National FFA Week activities.  National FFA Week is Feb. 18 – 25, and more than 500,000 nationwide members will participate in local, state and national activities.

Polk FFA students will get an early start Friday, Feb. 17 with the Bartow High School Farm Day.  Kindergarten students from Floral Avenue Elementary will experience eight different agricultural stations with hands-on activities such as making butter & ice cream, planting flowers, and a rabbit petting station.  After learning about animals and plants, FFA members will demonstrate whip popping to cap off the event.

Members will participate in poultry judging at the State Fair Saturday, Feb. 18.  Each FFA Chapter can send two teams of four students each to compete in the Florida State Fair poultry judging contest.  Students are selected based upon their interest and knowledge of the poultry industry.

Florida FFA President Charlie Brown will speak at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 for FFA Day at Little Flock Church located at 16891 Rockridge Road in Polk City, FL.

Activities continue Tuesday, Feb. 21 with the FFA Federation Quiz Bowl Competition at 4:00 p.m. in the FFA Center east of Lake Hamilton on Firetower Road.  Students are chosen to represent their chapters based upon their knowledge of the FFA history, functions, and leadership activities including parliamentary procedure.  The students compete in teams of two individuals.  The activity is for all middle and high school FFA members in Polk County.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Frostproof Middle-High School FFA members will host a teacher appreciation breakfast.

Thursday, Feb. 23, Tenoroc High will hold a school farm fair, and Lake Wales will conduct the Greenhand ceremony.  Tenoroc Farm Fair FFA members, along with various agriculture representatives, will set up exhibits in the land-lab.  More than 1,200 local elementary students will visit the land-lab to learn about agriculture.  The Lake Wales FFA Chapter will recognize their first year FFA members that have met the qualifications to earn a Greenhand degree.  The Greenhand degree is the second of the five degrees awarded by the FFA

Several activities are scheduled Friday, Feb. 24:  George Jenkins High will host a faculty appreciation breakfast, Kathleen High will hold their school farm day, Frostproof Middle-High will conduct their Food for America Program and the state officer candidate workshop will be held at the FFA Center.  e The KHS Farm Day is open to Pre-K students to learn about the diversity of the agricultural industry.  KHS is expecting about 175 pre-schoolers to attend from 9 a.m. to noon.

Frostproof Middle-High’s  Food For America program is designed to teach elementary students about the importance of agriculture.  Eight high school students from Frostproof High School will visit Frostproof Elementary and teach lessons about horticulture, livestock, and small animal care.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, Lake Gibson Middle and High schools will hold a barbeque and auction, and the Frostproof FFA alumni will also host a barbeque dinner and auction.  Fertilizer, rolls of hay, gift certificates, farming equipment, plants, and much more will be auctioned.  Barbeque meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a silent auction.  The live auction will start at 1:30 p.m.

Lake Gibson Middle and High schools’ FFA barbeque and auction is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.  Tickets for the pork or chicken dinner with beans, slaw and roll are $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and under.  Slabs of ribs for $20 will also be available.  Fertilizer, rolls of hay, gift certificates, handmade quilts, farming equipment, gift baskets, plants, and much more will be auctioned.  The barbeque and silent auction will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a live auction at 1:30 p.m.

In addition, Lake Gibson High School’s FFA Chapter is sponsoring a peanut butter drive to help VISTE (Volunteers In Service To The Elderly of Polk County) February 21 through March 2.  The FFA is asking all the students and staff of Lake Gibson High to bring in 12 to 16 ounce jars of unopened peanut butter to help restock the VISTE pantry and help the elderly of our community.  Peanut butter is a good source of protein and oil and is easy to store and use.

The Frostproof FFA Alumni dinner and auction is at Ben Hill Griffin Elementary and is open to the public. The Auction includes plants, furnishings, tools, animal supplies and feed, fertilizer, homemade cakes, and much more.  The auction begins at 3 p.m. followed by an $8 barbeque pork dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Polk County’s National FFA Week activities culminate Sunday, Feb. 26 with the FL FFA Leadership Summit at the FFA Center.  For additional information about Polk County FFA activities, contact Workforce Education Teacher Resource Specialist Trainer David Byrd at 863.534.0518 or by e-mail at david.byrd@polk-fl.net.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership in the careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

Release courtesy of Polk County Public Schools.

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