Participating in FFA consists of more than just attending class on a daily basis. The members are active in several community service activities throughout the school year. For example, in the last week of November, FFA works in part with the Optimist Club in Washington to sell Christmas trees in the parking lot at McDonald’s. This year the start-up date was November 19th.
“It was my first year working the tree stand, and it was a lot of fun!” commented Hannah Pehle.
“It didn’t even feel like it was community service,” explained Karissa Durbin. “It was a really fun experience to be a part of something that gives back to the community.”
This year, every FFA member signed up for at least one shift to work during the week or on the weekends. All the funds that are collected from the tree sales by these students are used for playground equipment, school equipment, and anything related to the Washington School District. The prices for trees range from around $12 all the way up to around $120, depending on height and type of tree you pick. The heights also vary greatly, ranging from two to fourteen feet tall.
“So far, there have been a lot of trees sold, which is good,” explained Phyllis, a member of the Washington Optimist Club. “Hopefully more and more people continue to show up and buy more trees!”
As of December 9th, more than 175 trees were sold, out of the nearly 350 that were delivered.
The Washington FFA Chapter encourages everyone to “come out and take a look!”. You never know, there may be a tree there that’s calling your name!
FFA gives students in the area a chance to be a part of a group that focuses mainly on agriculture while making memorable experiences and opening doors to multiple opportunities in their futures.
-by Karissa Durbin