FFA Week builds student confidence, leadership skills

Published 3:30 pm Thursday, March 14, 2024

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During the month of February, the Lowndes County Public School District celebrated Career and Technical Education month, promoting career and technical student organizations (CTSO) by hosting a week of events for programs like Future Farmers of America (FFA).

National FFA Week is an annual celebration that takes place all across the United States to promote and recognize the importance of agricultural education and FFA organization. 

The start of Feb. 19 brought an exciting week for Lowndes County’s FFA program. 

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Keley Thomas, General Agriscience Instructor, highlighted some of the events that took place and expressed the importance of the week. 

“During the week, FFA members take part in agricultural, leadership, and service-based activities across the country,” Thomas said. “Lowndes County FFA members conducted community service activities in their home communities during the National Day of Service, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, and a Leadership Workshop with a State Officer. FFA Week not only benefits students by promoting agricultural education but also enhances leadership skills, builds confidence, and encourages community engagement.” 

All students who are enrolled in an Agriscience Class at Lowndes County Career Tech Center are members of FFA thanks to generous donations from sponsors throughout the state of Alabama. Each member was able to participate in the week’s events. 

The week was closed out on Feb. 23 with the Lowndes County FFA hosting Alabama State Sentinel, Christopher Thompson, Jr., who is currently a senior at Goshen High School. 

National FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture and show their local impact and story.

Deandre Crowell, CTE Counselor, said that the district’s career tech courses have done a great job shaping the students of LCPS. 

“CTE helps build our students up in many ways,” Crowell said. “When students take a career tech course, they’re not learning a skill for high school, they’re learning a skill for life!”