Junior high ag students discover FFA
By Cali Rossbach
SLEEPY EYE — On August 27, seventh and eighth graders from Sleepy Eye Public and St. Mary’s Schools attended an FFA discovery camp. These 27 students spent the afternoon learning more about FFA and all of the opportunities it has to offer. The FFA Chapter Officers including student advisors, Martina Nienhaus and Edwin Flores, helped to plan and run the event along with Jr. Officers and chapter volunteers Evan Fischer and Jack Schroepfer.
The event was started with a movie and popcorn right after school in the Ag room. Following the movie, the group played several icebreaker games then ate supper. After eating, the chapter officers introduced themselves and proceeded to tell the kids about fun activities in FFA, how many skills they could gain from being involved, and also personal experiences they have had in the organization.
After learning more about FFA, the junior high students got to explore various Career Development Events or CDE’s. During this activity, students could go to several tables where they would complete an activity and learn more about that specific CDE team. Some of the CDE’s included: Ag Mechanics, Fish & Wildlife, Meats, Floriculture, Poultry, Forestry, Small Animals, Nursery Landscape, and much more.
After the CDE Fair, the students headed to the gym for more fun activities.This event was very successful and encouraged junior high students to join and become involved in FFA because it could be life-changing.