Step Up, Stand Out – OCVTS Celebrates National FFA Week
Submitted by Kim Szulecki, Edited by Jean Sullivan, Febuary 20, 2009
JACKSON, NEW JERSEY- February 21-28 has been designated as National FFA Week and more than half a million members around the nation will participate in activities at the local and state levels. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for youth in agriculture. From urban to rural schools, FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of success in one of the 300 careers in agriculture.
Step Up, Stand Out is the theme of this year’s celebration. Stepping up and standing out is not only a way of life for FFA members, but it’s also a call to action for others. FFA members set a positive example with their leadership, work ethic and community service activities.
Students of the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) who are Ocean County FFA members, have several special events planned including: participation in a Leadership Development Conference “ Reach For the Stars” at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, sponsored by the Collegiate FFA Chapter and participation in the NJ Horticulture Exposition and Design Competition at the Burlington County Mall on Friday February 27.
The students will also offer tours of the greenhouse, rain garden, lab area and propagations areas at the OCVTS Jackson Center, 850 Toms River Road. They will have information available on their ongoing Supervised Agriculture Experience Projects, which include growing winter wheat, plant propagation, aquatic gardening, indoor aquatic raceway for growing plants among many others. The public is welcome to tour the facilities on Wednesday February 25 and Thursday February 26. Visitors must call 732.286.5665 in advance.
At the February meeting of the OCVTS Board of Education, Board President Nina Anuario signed a proclamation recognizing National FFA Week, and commending the students’ commitment to future careers in the industries of agriculture.
FFA members are our future engineers, scientists, teachers and producers. One of every five Americans is employed in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture, and the Ocean County FFA members are the future of these important industries.
Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agricultural education and FFA are making a positive difference for members every day. FFA members have opportunities to attend national leadership conferences, develop a supervised agricultural experience project, learn life skills and serve their communities with civic engagement.