Written By: Cody Wrobel
The Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA chapter celebrated National FFA Week February 16‐23, 2013. This year’s theme is Grow, and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than 550,000 members nationwide will participate in National FFA Week activities at local,state and national levels. These members come from rural,suburban and urban environments and are interested in the diversity of careers within agriculture. FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.....
Through agricultural education and hands‐on learning, they are preparing for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.
Kicking off FFA week, the chapter spent it’s Monday skiing on the slopes of Cascade Mountain in Portage Wisconsin. More than 20 members attended the skiing adventure. It was a trip full of smiles and ever lasting impressions. After a long day of skiing, the chapter looked forward to It’s Tuesday activates. The big activity for Tuesday was an assembly that was held at Somonauk High School. There, the officers and Career Development Event reports where recognized. The assembly also featured various games for the students and faculty of SHS to participate in. Overall the assembly was a great success for the chapter and SLS’s FFA week.
After getting the schools pumped up, the chapter hosted their annual petting zoo Wednesday. Somonauk Elementary schools came over to the Agricultural shop where they where greeted by various animals including chickens, sheep, ducks, and baby goats & pigs. Before the students went out to meet and greet with the animals, they headed to the classroom where Shannon Haff and Caleigh Blue went over basic rules, and various animal facts with the children. After the students meet the animals, they proceeded to tractor safety section. Students where able to see a tractor, and learn about the tractors duties in agriculture, but also some of the dangers associated with agricultural equipment. Later in the day, students from Somonauk, Leland, and Sandwich headed to their local elementary schools to teach those students about Agriculture. Their student workshops consisted of the importance of dairy farming, and what the cow does for a farmer. After a short lecture about dairy farming, students made their own ice cream in class. Wednesday was a great day for the chapter. Youth agricultural awareness was spread, and the chapter was able to give back to It’s community.
FFA members where up bright and early Thursday morning in preparation for the chapters community breakfast. It started at 6a.m. and the turnout was great. Members talked with community members and alumni associates. The breakfast was enjoyed with many, and offered a great chance for members to connect more within the community, and their self potential. The day would only get longer for members though. Thursday night was the FFA week party for it’s members. Students arrived to the party after school, and partied on til 8p.m. The party started out with a pizza dinner, then SLS members broke out into the activities. Some of the games included, peddle tractor races, saran wrap group races, tug-a-war, hay bale chuckin’, and many other fun games for the chapter. The night would be concluded by a new tradition of the chapter to It’s retiring senior officers. A pie in the face. Senior retiring officers included President Cassie Rogers,Vice-President Brody Zmolek, and Historian Shannon Haff.
FFA week was a great success for SLS. Many memories where made, and unforgettable legacies left. It's been an amazing week full of nothing but smiles and joys for the chapter and It’s members. It's great seeing the chapter come together, it's like a second family to many. Its been a fun, unforgettable journey. Rest assure that the chapter made their mark. SLS left those growing legacies. We couldn’t fit everything from the week in here. It’s encouraged that you visit the chapters website (www.SLSFFA.org) to view pictures & Video from the week, and to read more about the events. Be sure to “like” the chapter on facebook to stay up to date with the chapter and to help continue growing legacies!