WEYAUWEGA-FREMONT - The week of Feb. 23-27 is very important to the Weyauwega-Fremont FFA. This is the week that one of our school’s largest and most active organizations is celebrated nationally.
National FFA week is an opportunity for our FFA to present to the school and community all that we are and do throughout the year. This year, we have plenty to show and be proud of.
In the 2016-2017 school year, the Weyauwega-Fremont FFA has been very busy and productive. Kicking off the summer with Wisconsin State FFA Convention, members journeyed to the state capital, received many awards including being named a state 3 Star chapter and being named one of the Top 5 chapters in the state.
The chapter also advanced to National Competition at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN this past October. The National Chapter award area involves 3 areas, student, chapter and community activities. In each area the chapter must set goals, have an action plan and explain the results that were obtained by completing that activity.
One of the bigger projects our chapter worked on this past year was the drunk driving simulation. The chapter officers and members organized, planned, prepared and presented a Drunk Driving simulation to the entire high school and community member’s. We utilized the fair grounds and set up a mock drunk driving accident scene with two vehicles, smoke and staged broken glass and smashed vehicles.
We involved the local police, fire department, ambulance, funeral home, coroner, district attorney and the Flight for Life helicopter. Following the accident scene the high school walked back to the high school for a stages court room scene. Where the mock drunk driver was put on trial and the courts scene played out with a real judge and attorneys.
Breakfast and Deer Hides
Breakfast on the Farm is another huge event our chapter sponsors. We serve breakfast to over 1400 people and educate them about agriculture. Hayrides were given, animals were petted, faces were painted, awards were displayed, and breakfast was served!
“Hides for Hero’s” was a new event we were involved in this past year. We asked hunters in the communities to donate their deer hides to us. We collected them at various businesses in the area and took them to Dave Hintz in Waupaca., who collects them, salts them and sells them to a wholesaler. All the proceeds are given to a local veterans group that gives the money to those in need. Over 1,000 hides were collected and donated. Next year we want to expand this program to other local communities.
Food for America and more
Food For America is another big event our chapter plans, sponsors and presents. The goal of this event to teach all 3rd graders in the school district about agriculture and where their food comes from. FFA members teach the 3rd grader in the morning through presentations and hands on activities. Then in the afternoon students are taken to a local dairy farm and they rotate through different educational stations so they learn about animals and how their food is produced.
Another big project we do is host a annual 4th grade Conservation day. Fourth graders are taken to the Hartman’s creek State park where they learn about the history of Wisconsin and state parks in general. FFA members are the teachers and mentors for this program. They teach them how the settlers survived on the land by using plant and animal materials to survive. From making their own tooth paste to making their own medicine. Students also learn about aquatic plant material, aquatic animals and wildlife that live in the park.
Events like these are the reason our chapter earns State and National recognition. Advisors Sandra Dykes and Connie Peterson recognizes that without the support of administration, school board, teachers and community we wouldn’t be able to do everything that we do. Our FFA Alumni also is of great assistance in fundraising, chaperoning and assisting students with programs and awards. With all this support and amazing FFA members and students in the program we can accomplish anything! The Weyauwega-Fremont FFA is very proud of its achievements and is looking forward to another successful year.