Aurora FFA receives Top Chapter Award
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2023 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded Aurora FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Aurora placed first out of 355 chapters. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.
The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Chapters improve operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. This award is sponsored by FCS Financial. The Aurora FFA Chapter advisors are Kristy Sivils and Samuel Percival.
The Aurora FFA Chapter’s growing leaders activities included Develop Those Skills. Chapter officers met with first year members to discuss opportunities within FFA and their personal experiences. The purpose of this event is to encourage members to be involved within the chapter.
Building communities activities included the Going Green project. Members saw a need to develop an environmentally responsible FFA chapter. For this project, students and community members advocated for ‘going green’ with the intent of reducing the amount of paper, cardboard, and plastic waste sent to the landfill.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included Safety is Crucial. During this event, members create safety booths with the purpose of highlighting the importance of food and farm safety protocols. This event is held during National Farm Safety and Health Week.
The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The Missouri FFA has 26,716 members representing 356 chapters. The national organization has more than 850,000 members representing 8,995 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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