National FFA Week is a time when chapters celebrate all they have accomplished, remember the chapters that brought them to where they are, and plan for the future of their chapter. The Richland chapter spent the week involving the community in their celebration but kicked it off with a fun, unique scavenger hunt.
The week was designated in 1947, in conjunction with George Washington’s birthday. This year FFA week fell on the dates of February 17th to February 24th.
To involve the community in the spirit of FFA week, the chapter held a scavenger hunt. The chapter painted rocks blue and gold with agricultural facts tied on them and placed them around the community. There were twelve rocks in all, hidden in various places around town. Community members had to take a selfie with the rock and post it to Richland FFA’s facebook tag along with their favorite fact from the rock.
Additionally, Richland FFA held a school-wide scavenger hunt for fellow students in the high school. In weeks prior, Animal Science created a scavenger hunt with clues and riddles that led students around the entire school. The students had to give the Ag Advisor the answer to the final clue to claim the prize at the end of the scavenger hunt.
FFA Week kicked off for the chapter on Sunday by attending Swedeborg Baptist Church. The chapter had lunch with the congregation following the service.
On Monday, Richland FFA attended the Richland R-IV School Board Meeting. The officer team presented a presentation to the school board on chapters events and activities. The school board had the opportunity to learn about the FFA’s golf cart, their goat reproduction project, and their recent roboting projects.
On Tuesday, Richland FFA chapter members called an FFA alumni member to wish them a “Happy FFA Week”. This shared a special moment and hopefully brought back memories of FFA week with those who once wore the blue jackets.
Members also invited the alumni to come to the chapter vs. alumni volleyball tournament on Thursday Night. Five teams competed in the tournament. Ag Advisor, Shane Kadosz’s team won the tournament on an undefeated run.
FFA members ended the week on an early morning at the school. Chapter members lined the hallways and greeted students as they got off the buses Friday morning. Overall, FFA week can be considered a success at Richland High School.