WARNER ROBINS -- The week of Feb. 25 is FFA Week in Warner Robins.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen signed a proclamation declaring it so at the Feb. 4 City Council meeting. National FFA Week is Feb. 16-23, but since Houston County schools are closed that week, Warner Robins will celebrate early.
Warner Robins High School FFA President Ryan Finley and Vice President Brianna Russ attended the meeting with Veronica Sanders, agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at the school. Ryan and Brianna presented council members, City Attorney Jim Elliott, City Clerk Alton Maddox and Mayor Chuck Shaheen with a dozen eggs each.
The eggs were given as a thank you. When Warner Robins High wanted to open a school farm in the 2011-12 school year, the school needed councils approval to have farm animals within the city limits. Council unanimously gave its consent, and since then the eggs have become a steady income for the FFA chapter as well as a daily lesson in taking care of animals, managing money and marketing.
Founded in 1928, the FFA gives students an opportunity apply agricultural education to real life. About 200 students take agricultural classes at Warner Robins High.
Ryan said the school has activities planned for every day of FFA Week in an effort to get the word out about FFA.
We are going to have an ag day, with different events planned so that students can learn some of what we are learning in ag class, said Ryan. We are also going to have the tip of the day on the announcements, so everyone can learn more about ag.
Other activities that week will include a farm open house, a coloring contest at an elementary school where students also will receive a plant from the Warner Robins High greenhouse, and a trip to a nursing home where residents will receive plants, birdhouses and floral arrangements made by FFA members.
We just want to raise awareness about what we do and about agriculture, said Brianna. Ag is all around us from the food we eat to the house we live in to the clothes we wear.
While the eggs presented to council members may have been a surprise, at least one councilmans wife was waiting on the eggs.
My daddy saw Mr. (Paul) Shealy the next day, and he told him that he was going to try and surprise his wife with the eggs but that she had watched the council on television and asked for them when he came in the door, said Brianna.
Sanders said having the farm at the school really helped the program grow.
It has been a total blessing. It has really brought a momentum to our program and created a spirit of excellence, Sanders said. The national FFA motto is, Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve, and that is exactly what students at Warner Robins High School are doing every day.
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