The Victoria East High School FFA Chapter celebrated National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25, 2017. This year’s theme is Transform Purpose to Action, and it embraces more than 89 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. Nearly 650,000 members participated in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
Designated a national week in 1948, the week of George Washington’s birthday, National 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.
Victoria East FFA celebrated National FFA Week by participating in several activities. One activity included themed days for students to create awareness, these included boot and jeans day, and dress like a farmer day. On Wednesday, FFA members and officers showed their appreciation to teachers by serving the entire VEHS faculty a hearty breakfast of crustless quiche, fresh fruit, and juice.
FFA members nominated East High School teachers for the FFA Week Corn King and Queen. Selected were Corn King Mr. David Edge and Corn Queen Ms. Dana Carter. The entire student body was asked to vote for their favorite teacher by donating pocket change. The Victoria East campus was able to raise $836.00, in four days, for the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent. This equates to 6,688 meals for the Victoria area.
Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for 235 unique career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.