National FFA Week teaches leadership to students

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Jakob Beckley

Leadership Committee Chairman

Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The weeklong tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.

Every day of the week had a different theme to celebrate. Monday was FFA shirt Day, Tuesday Animal Day, Wednesday Duck Dynasty Day, Thursday Camouflage Day and Finally Friday Farmer Day.

This past week was not about dress up days and fun activities, but about being an advocate for agriculture. National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day.

Members are now gearing up for their competitive events. Members will compete in a wide range of events March 13 at The Capital City FFA region competitive events day. FFA is an organization built of leaders and these events help members with their leadership skills. So many kids these days have a fear of speaking in front of people. There are over 20 different speaking events members can participate in to help them with this skill. Other members are busy as (they are all year long) working on their student agricultural experiences. Many will win awards for their hard work and success throughout their FFA career.

National FFA week was a success, as the year has been a success for The Henry County FFA Chapter. We appreciate all the support and help already this year. Thank you in advance for all the added support.