By DR. DENISE GUY
USD 435 superintendent
What do Jim Davis, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Sam Brownback and Jimmy Carter have in common?
They were all members of FFA, “Future Farmers of America.” FFA was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928 to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. Today, FFA students not only are Future Farmers, but Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers, Future Entrepreneurs, Future Leaders, and Future Entertainers of America as well. The 90 Abilene High School FFA students learn business skills, leadership skills, interview skills, community service skills and more as they participate in one of several Career and Technical Education student organizations offered at Abilene High School. In my opinion, these student organizations are a great extension of our classrooms.
This week, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is partnering with the Kansas agricultural community and local schools to host a variety of events, including the “Do ALL you ‘CAN” food campaign. FFA students are organizing a local food drive that is being held in conjunction with Kansas Agriculture Week. Amanda Brock, one of Abilene High School’s FFA sponsors told me, “Our students are collecting non-perishable food for the Abilene Food Pantry.” She explained that Abilene residents may drop off donated food at West’s Country Mart.
According to figures made available from the governor’s office, twenty-two percent of children in Kansas are at risk of being food insecure.
A spokeswoman from that office, says, “Reducing hunger in Kansas is as important to the agricultural community as is educating students’ on how the food they eat transitions from farm to fork.”
I commend our local students for honoring our state’s largest industry as they participate in this neighbor-to-neighbor statewide project. Please “Do ALL you ‘CAN” to assist with this worthwhile cause.