It’s been a very busy 2 weeks! We attended State FFA Convention in Columbia. There we had students participate in Soil judging, Agricultural Mechanics, and Division II Public speaking. All worked very hard at State with Agricultural Mechanics receiving a Group 2 rating. Others attending went to multiple leadership workshops; learning how to set goals, discovering different career opportunities and discovering their own “Why”. It proved to be a opportunity for growth for all that attended.

We wrapped up the greenhouse season with our Greenhouse sale last weekend. We had a tremendous turn out with record sales. We want to thank everyone for their support of the horticulture part of our program. Best of luck to all that are out putting their gardens in. Later this week as we do every year, as part of our Living 2 Serve initiative, we donated several flats of vegetables to the Pulaski County Health Department. Those plants will in turn be given to the elderly and low income in Crocker, Richland, Dixon communities. We also donated some flowers to the Crocker Garden Club to help with a town beautification project along with with planting some around town ourselves. It’s always a blessing to be able to live out the last line of the FFA motto “Living to Serve”.

This year, the chapter banquet will be held on May 22nd at 6 pm in the School Cafeteria and all of our members, parents, and supporters are invited! We do ask that you RSVP by May 17th by contacting Mr. Schroer or an FFA officer. We hope to see you there! That night we will be celebrating the different accomplishments of our members. We are extremely proud of all the hard work that our members put in to the different CDEs that made it to State. We look forward to announcing our final Living 2 Serve hours and celebrating the the outstanding SAEs of our members. Also that night we will reflect on the school year, as we look at the growth of our members and the learning that took place this school year.

As the school year draws to an end we always encourage the passing on of wisdom and knowledge to the generation of FFA member. Below is a great message from our current President Jonathan Routh. We wish him the best of luck as he moves on in his studies in Biology at Missouri State University.

“As president of the Crocker FFA chapter it has been an honor to serve the Crocker community through FFA for four years now. I have been blessed with many cool friends, new memories, and awesome opportunities that I will get to look back on and enjoy for the rest of my life. I can still remember the feeling of wearing my new blue jacket for the very first time as a Freshman and I still have the same love for our chapter as I did several years ago when I first joined FFA. I have accomplished my goals this year, as chapter president, in continuing the growth of our chapter, and leaving it in good hands. I am confident that the next generation of FFA members will carry our chapter in the right direction and continue the legacy that has been here for years. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for all of the hard work they do to help us continue to make the chapter better for our members and for our community. My piece of advice for upcoming members is to work hard and stay involved with FFA. Being involved with FFA has been the best part of my time here at Crocker High School.”

The last day of school is May 17 but we won’t be stopping there, remember that we have many opportunities for continuous growth throughout the summer as we work with our SAEs and attend different summer camps. Mr. Schroer will be scheduling SAE visits for the summer, to talk with members and help them set up or maintain their own SAEs. It is heavily encouraged that all members sign up for an SAE visit. This summer we will hold several summer camps to allow students a chance to learn about any variety of subjects. We strongly encourage everyone to attend at least one camp to grow in an area that they’re interested in.

Summer Camps:

CAD Camp - May 29 Shop Basics 101 - June 4-5 Ag Technology - June 6-8 Public Speaking Camp - June 12-13 Leadership Camp - June 18-20 Livestock Judging - June 25-26