INDIANAPOLIS – The Chillicothe FFA Chapter from Chillicothe, MO, was selected as one of the ten chapters in the 2012 Model of Innovation – Chapter Development award by the National FFA Organization. Chapter Development serves as one of three FFA Model of Innovation award areas geared to drive complete development of an FFA chapter. The award, contested among ten national finalists during judging earlier in the week and announced during the national FFA convention’s second general session at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is sponsored nationally by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter became eligible for the award after earning a Three-Star rating during national chapter judging completed by FFA during the summer. There, judges evaluate a chapter’s Program of Activities (POA) that contains activities specified by three standing chapter committees which are to be accomplished during the course of a school year. Each of the 7,498 FFA chapters nationally are required to develop a POA specific to their needs and goals.
One key program developed by the members of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter was to find a way to raise money for the day to day operations of the chapter. In order to raise money, the chapter sends members out into the community to conduct labor jobs to raise money for the chapter operations. FFA members complete various jobs such as washing cars, racking leaves, cutting wood, or other various labor jobs. Members raised more than $24,000 through the great support of their community.
Overall, the chapter created over 15 exceptional activities during the school year related to quality standards set by the National FFA Organization. Rusty Black, Lance Martin, Leda Schreiner, and Neal Wolf are the FFA chapter advisor at Grand River Technical Center.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.