Blue Springs FFA Receives Top Chapter Award
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2023 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded Blue Springs FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Blue Springs placed 34th out of 355 chapters. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation annually.
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 Blue Springs FFA advisor is Morgan Payton.
The Blue Springs FFA growing leaders activities included a blood drive. This drive encouraged students, staff, and the community to make a difference one pint at a time. It gave insight about the importance and health benefits of donating to local hospitals.
Building communities activities included “Everyone needs an Oprah.” Students collected toys for those in need during the holiday season at this event. They worked with a local youth sports organization to provide toys to those who would not receive a gift without assistance.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included wood shop safety. A professional instructor was invited to speak to the chapter about proper precautions. Shop safety helped equip students with hands-on experience and common sense practices.
The top chapters in Missouri will 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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