S.D. FFA Foundation awards $3,000 in grants for learning projects

Farm Forum

The FFA motto all FFA members learn includes the words, “Living to Serve”, making service a core value taught to South Dakota’s almost 6,000 high school Agriculture Education students through their FFA participation. With state educational budgets becoming tighter all the time, FFA chapters are forced to choose in which worthwhile activities they can still participate. Sometimes that means service projects do not happen. The S.D. FFA Foundation recognizes the value of local chapter service learning projects, and wants to enable Agriculture Education programs to focus on student and community development. As a result, the S.D. FFA Foundation started a program providing up to $500/chapter for service projects in their local communities. S.D. FFA Executive Director, Gerri Ann Eide says, “We want to grow FFA members by encouraging them to take an active role in the betterment of their communities, and improve the communities at the same time. These are valuable educational activities that impact agriculture education students for a lifetime.”

Congratulations to the following chapter projects receiving S.D. FFA Foundation funds this fall for their service projects:

· Flandreau: Playground construction

· Hitchcock Tulare: Cement base for local community picnic shelter

· Lemmon: Area livestock judging school: for area youth and adults

· Madison: Farm safety camp for area children

· McCook Central: Vehicle emergency kits for high school students & teachers

· Philip: Picnic table and raised flower bed for elderly apartment

· Viborg: Park picnic shelter

These grants were made possible, as a special project of the S.D. FFA Foundation with funds from Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund. For more information about the South Dakota FFA Foundation and South Dakota’s FFA programs, visit http://www.sdffafoundation.org.