Bonaire Middle celebrates National FFA Week

March 12, 2014 

FFA programs across the country celebrate National FFA Week every year in February, and Bonaire Middle School was no exception.

Building on the national theme of “Ignite,” the 157 members of the FFA planned a week of activities in an effort to ignite the flames of passion about agriculture and FFA. To ensure the events they planned were successful, the first thing FFA members did was distribute a calendar about all the events during National FFA Week, as well as update their website. Announcements were also made over the intercom.

Bonaire Middle started National FFA Week designing valentines for the residents of the Memory Care Unit at Summer’s Landing retirement community. Students also held a evening of fun for the residents, including goodie bags and Bingo.

“I like going to help the people at the nursing home. It makes me happy to see the residents so happy. FFA is a great organization for kids to join. It encourages kids to try new things,” said student Paetan Kimball.

Agriculture teacher Cheralyn Keily said the next major event during National FFA Week was participation in animals shows. Fourteen members exhibited rabbits at the Georgia State Rabbit and Cavy Association show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, and three students exhibited market hogs at the Houston County Young Farmers Market Swine Show, also held at the fairgrounds.

“The shows are not only a fun and rewarding time for the FFA members involved, but they are also a great opportunity to educate individuals from our community about rabbits and hogs and their production,” said Keily.

Keily said one of the most popular National FFA Week traditions at Bonaire Middle is FFA Movie Night. Enjoying popcorn and candy, FFA members watched “Racing Stripes,” a movie about a little zebra with big dreams, on a big screen at the school.

“The basis of the story is about a zebra that gets lost from the circus and grows up with a family that lives near a race track. The zebra grows up wanting to be a racehorse. It really brings home that you can still have dreams and accomplish those dreams even if no one else thinks you can,” said Keily.

Other events during the week included Career Day, hosted by the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education department, for all eighth graders at the school. Bonaire Middle’s FFA played a huge role in the event, taking care of all set up and take down details as well as recruiting agricultural professions, so students could learn about potential careers in agricultural. The FFA also cooked pancakes for a “thank you” breakfast one morning for the school’s staff.

“When we were planning these events last summer, we talked about how you need to thank the people that help you along the path,” Keily said. “FFA kids get a lot of support, not just from me but from all the different faculty members. It was a way to say thank you to the people that are supporting them as they become leaders through FFA.”

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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