OCVTS Celebrates 2010 National FFA Week
Jean Sullivian, February 24, 2010
|Caption: OCVTS FFA Chapter Vice President and Advisory Chairperson , Student of Brick, center, presents the National FFA Week Proclamation to OCVTS Board of Education President Nina Anuario and OCVTS Superintendent William Hoey at the February board meeting.
JACKSON, NEW JERSEY- Students from the Agricultural and Environmental Science program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 20-27, 2010. Lead Out Loud is the theme this year as members pledge to show off what makes them premier leaders in their schools and communities. More than half a million members around the nation participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.
The focus of National FFA Week is to tell the community and the country about the great opportunities available through FFA. 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. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills, as well as preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success.
As a part of National FFA Week, OCVTS FFA members participated in several events including:
- Hosted a Faculty and staff appreciation breakfast at the OCVTS Jackson Center
- Scheduled Guest speakers from the NJ Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Agricultural Sales Industry.
- Students developed an awareness of “Going Green” by creating fact sheets to be distributed to the school and community.
- Attended the Delaware Valley Collegiate FFA Leadership conference in Doylestown, PA
- Hosted tours of their classroom, greenhouse and land laboratory to create an awareness of the importance of the Agriculture Industry
Ocean County FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow and dedicated to community service activities like pruning cherry trees for the Crestwood Garden Club, inviting disabled members of the community to participate in holiday activities and volunteering at the NJ Forest Resource Education Center and local farms. Whether it’s working with elementary children or serving as a chapter officer, FFA members make a positive difference on those around them. They are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals. FFA builds leaders, and leaders impact the future.
FFA members have opportunities to attend national leadership conferences, start their own businesses, and apply for awards and scholarships. Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agricultural education and FFA are making a positive difference in the lives of students.
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, and FFA members are preparing for one of those 300 careers in agriculture.
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information about National FFA Week, visit www.ffa.org/ffaweek or contact the Ocean County FFA.