In August, McDowell County Schools began their new chapter of Future Farmers of America with other middle schools nationwide.
Students in West McDowell Middle, East McDowell Middle and Foothills Community School are provided the unique opportunity to choose to take an agriculture class as an elective during one of the two semesters. They can also be part of the FFA organization at no cost to the students. Thanks to Farm Bureau the students’ state and national dues are paid.
The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 20,472 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 321 local chapters across the state.
The McDowell Middle School FFA Chapter started the year in full swing. Three middle school students attended the National FFA Convention in October, several participated in the Fall Regional Leadership Conference, over 20 volunteered at the Mountain State Fair’s Mooternity Ward and 10 students have been preparing for N.C. Career Development events.
The new FFA Middle School Chapter would like to encourage all students and parents of FFA students to attend the middle school chartering ceremony at McDowell High School on Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. During the evening FFA Officer Logan Crisp will be reciting the FFA Creed, McDowell High School FFA officers will be performing opening ceremony and N.C. FFA state officers will help celebrate the chartering of the McDowell Middle School FFA. Farm Bureau will be helping to sponsor the meal, and you are asked to RSVP to Nicole Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time there are approximately 250 middle school students signed up for an agriculture class and FFA in 2019-20.