Sleepy Eye Chapter celebrates National FFA Week

Submitted photo Clarissa Simonsen, FFA Student Advisor (middle) is pictured with the 2nd grade coloring contest winners: Ava Sellner, Makayla Strong, Ava Kunkel andYessi Fernandez. Winners were chosen in each grade to receive prizes for their efforts.

From Feb. 17-23, 2018, FFA members across the nation celebrated National FFA Week. FFA Week is an exciting week for all members and alumni nationwide, as it celebrates traditions in the FFA that have taken place in the past 90 years. Members at the local, state, and national levels participated in numerous activities during the week.

The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter was very active during FFA Week. To start off the week, on Saturday the 17th, chapter members got to go on their reward trip to a Maverick’s hockey game in Mankato.

Tuesday, February 20, was dedicated as Staff and Community Appreciation Day. The Sleepy Eye FFA is grateful for the generosity and support of the community and staff of the schools in Sleepy Eye. An appreciation breakfast was held, which was prepared by the officer team, for the staff and supporters of the chapter.

On Wednesday, February 21, there was a drive your tractor to school event in which Owen Braun, 10th grade FFA member drove his John Deere to school.

Thursday, February 22, the Sleepy Eye FFA held their Animal Carnival. At the Animal Carnival, the FFA had brought in livestock of all kinds including: llamas, chicks, piglets, goats, beef cattle, dairy calves, sheep, a miniature donkey, and rabbits. The Animal Carnival hosted pre-K through 6th grade students from Sleepy Eye Public and the 3rd grade students from St. Mary’s. The FFA members got the chance to teach the students all about agriculture and where their food comes from. It was super fun and a great learning experience for everyone.

On Friday, February 23, 33 FFA members got together and pulled an all-nighter at the FFA Lock-In. The evening started with a black light dance for all 7th – 12th grade students and was followed by games and activities all night long. In addition to the local members the chapter had two state officers attend the dance and lock-in, Treasurer, Spencer Flood from Dassel Cokato and Sentinel, Maddie Weninger from Howard Lake Waverly Winsted.

Throughout FFA Week, there were dress up days, including Plaid Day, Ag Career-ER Day, Blue and Gold Day, and Freedom Friday that the school could participate in. A daily emblem hunt also took place. The FFA Elementary coloring contest winners were also announced as well for St. Mary’s 3rd grade and K-6 Sleepy Eye students. They received prizes for participating and placing 1st – 4th in the contest.

On February 26, the Junior High FFA had their turn for some fun. Eighteen of the 7th and 8th grade FFA members and six officers went to the Garage in Springfield for a couple rounds of bowling. The group enjoyed pizza and lots of door prizes as well.

FFA Week is a time to celebrate an organization that we love and that has taught us all so much. The FFA members of the Sleepy Eye Chapter are looking forward to the rest of the year as we have Career Development Events, State FFA Convention, Chapter Officer Elections, and end with the Chapter Banquet in May.