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ECHS chapter marks National FFA Week
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The Effingham County High School FFA celebrated National FFA Week Feb 28-March 5.  

“Lead Out Loud” was the theme this year as members pledged to show off what makes them premier leaders in their schools and communities. More than half a million members around the nation participated in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.

The focus of National FFA Week was to tell the community and the country about the great opportunities available through FFA. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills, as well as preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success.

As a part of National FFA Week, ECHS FFA members planned the following special events:
• FFA announcements and trivia between first period classes
• Teacher and faculty appreciation day
• FFA member appreciation day
• Blue and Gold day
• The March FFA Meeting will be held during FFA Week
• Hat day — students must donate $1 or a canned food item to participate

Effingham County FFA members are dedicated to community service activities such as raising funds for Relay for Life and canned food for the Million Can Drive at the Georgia State Convention. Whether it’s working with elementary children or serving as a chapter officer, FFA members make a positive difference on those around them. They are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals. FFA builds leaders, and leaders impact the future.     

FFA members have opportunities to attend national leadership conferences, start their own businesses, and apply for awards and scholarships. Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agricultural education and FFA are making a positive difference in the lives of students.

One of every five Americans is employed in the food, fiber and natural resources industries, and FFA members are preparing for one of those 300 careers in agriculture.