Joining over 600,000 other FFA members from across the nation, Lakeside Lutheran FFA Chapter members leas the school in a celebration of National FFA Week, Feb. 22-26.
Lakeside FFA members geared up the celebration by working with almost 200 kindergartners who visited Lakeside this during the annual KinderFest day. FFA students taught a child-friendly lesson on some of the 20,000 uses of soybeans through video and hands-on demonstrations. The session ended with an FFA invitation to enter a kindergarten coloring contest.
Official FFA Week activities begin Monday. There is also a coloring contest for staff and students due in the office by Tuesday, 2/23 with a $20 gas card as a prize. All week, a daily clue will be given to find a cow eraser in a scavenger hunt, and "Ag Trivia" will be played during lunch periods; both activities offer candy bar prizes donated by the Lakeside FFA Alumni. All students are welcome to win a candy bar by entering "Ag Olympics" mornings before school in the Woods lab. Tuesday's competition is driving a nail; Thursday's is frozen chicken bowling; and Friday brings bale tossing by the dumpsters.
On Monday, FFA members wear official dress and chapter t-shirts, and will host a staff appreciation breakfast. The chapter's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday night with pizza at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Columbus High School FFA has invited Lakeside FFA members to Columbus to meet and greet National FFA President, Ms. Taylor McNeel, from Arkansas, as she visits Wisconsin.
After chapel on Wednesday, all students receive a Hershey kiss with an ag fact card.
On Thursday, a "guidance-complete" New Holland tractor will be available during Small Engine and Ag Survey classes for demonstrations in the parking lot, made possible thanks to Waupun Implement.
On Friday, students are invited to the first annual milk chug during lunch.
The Lakeside Lutheran FFA chapter, chartered in 2015, has grown to 36 members who attend conferences, organize service projects and develop skills in projects related to animals, plants and natural resources. Members can compete in career development or judging events in areas such as veterinary science, dairy products, floriculture and livestock.
As students at Lakeside continue to prepare for their futures and eternity, the FFA theme for the year uses Luke 10:2 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few" as a dual reminder, both for the need for gospel outreach and also the need for workers in the field of agriculture and natural resources.
According to a Purdue University study sponsored by the USDA, 54,400 annual jobs exist for college graduates in the areas of food, renewable energy and environment.