National FFA week was on February 20th - February 24th. The Buena Park FFA Chapter hosted a week full of fun activities and dress up days. It is one week out of the year were we as a chapter we can inform the people about the National FFA program. The dress up days were yellow and green for John Deere day on Tuesday, dress up like a farmer on Wednesday, wear U.S.A colors on Thursday, and blue and gold on Friday. Everyday during lunch there were fun activities where students could participate and earn some FFA points. FFA members also encouraged other students outside of the program to participate in the activities. Some of the activities that we did were animal scavenger hunt and ag olympics. For the animal scavenger hunt everyone needed to be in a team of two. Students had to work in pairs where one student used their hands and the other student could not see. They had to work together in order to be able to find the animal. The ag olympics were very exciting. Students had to go through obstacle course and do specific activities. The students had to dress up like a farmer, drink milk or orange juice, run up a the hill and bring down the hay bale, run with an egg on the spoon, and finally give your partner a piggy back ride all the way to the finish line. We received a lot of participation from our students and also some who don’t have agriculture.
Even though National FFA Week is over, the push to encourage and educate other students and members of the community about agriculture is constantly going. Ag Education will be having their Ag Tours starting this week where six local elementary schools will be visiting the Buena Park FFA Farm. Elementary students will given hands on activities to teach them about agriculture and where their food comes from. Students will be going to various stations throughout the farm and will learn everything from parts of a flower, water conservation, seeds, pest, fertilizer, California crops, livestock, and much more! Students that will be participating are all 3rd graders. Buena Park Ag Education students are very excited for them to come to the farm and to learn more about agriculture!!
The Buena Park FFA Chapter held its 2nd annual Greenhand - Chapter FFA Degree Ceremony earlier this month at Buena Park High School. The purpose of this annual event was to recognize 75 Freshman and 40 members of BPHS agriculture students who were eligible for their FFA Greenhand and Chapter FFA degrees. As students advance in FFA and their agricultural education, they can earn a series of “degrees” that represent their accomplishments. Each FFA degree recognizes a student’s progress in leadership, agricultural education, and their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program which represent(s) an ownership and/or work experience project(s) in agriculture.
Over 120 students, family, and friends attended this special event. Buena Park FFA Meetings & Banquets Chairman, Tonatiuh Perez opened the meeting and welcomed students, parents, and guests to the ceremony. In addition to the presentation of the FFA degrees, Kelly Cotledge read the FFA Creed before the Greenhand candidates received their degrees.
The members who were eligible the FFA Greenhand degree were given a bronze pin to show their accomplishment as an agriculture student. Requirements of this degree include enrollment in an agriculture class, plans for an SAE program or project, and knowledge and understanding of the FFA organization. The members who were eligible to be awarded with a silver pin to second year agriculture students. Requirements for this degree include being an FFA member for at least one year, being active in a SAE program or project with having 100 hours or 150 dollars in profit, involvement in group discussions and parliamentary law, progress toward individual achievement in the FFA awards program, and a satisfactory scholastic record, have invested 25 hours of community service,.
The Buena Park FFA advisors are committed to building a strong program that gets students involved and providing them with opportunities for scholastic achievement, personal growth, and career success. Although not every student is planning to pursue an education and career directly related to agriculture, the BPHS Agriculture Program and FFA provides students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience that will benefit ANY educational path and career.
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