Over the course of the last two weeks, the East Clinton Great Oaks FFA chapter has been very busy with events including officer training and bonding, as well as an inner-city ag day.
On Wednesday, May 25, the chapter traveled to Fairfield City Schools in Butler County to help improve the understanding of agriculture in urban areas. Our ag students taught the third-graders there about many agriculture topics including safety around equipment, fires, chemicals, and more.
These students were also taught how to keep animals safe, and where their food comes from.
After the students learned about these safety topics, they then went outside where they could pet and look at several animals that our chapter members brought with them, including a goat, ducks, a sheep, a calf, a miniature horse, and even a lizard! This helped the students apply the safety skills they learned in the classroom to a hands-on situation while also getting to experience something new.
Our chapter would like to thank Fairfield City Schools’ teachers, administrators, and students for welcoming us and making our inner-city ag day a success.
Earlier in the week, our newly installed officers for the upcoming school year attended our chapter’s annual officer training and bonding days, where they learned about their responsibilities as officers as well as how to get along with each other.
During training, our new officers planned events and community service days for the next school year. They also set goals for the chapter and discussed the start-up of the middle school addition to the East Clinton FFA program.
Officers learned about what their duties are while in office, and also discussed changes to be made next year. They also went kayaking and participated in an escape room to test how well the team could work together and cooperate.
Altogether, our FFA members have had a busy few weeks, but they had the opportunity to teach valuable lessons to younger kids who might not otherwise learn about agriculture, and our officers also learned the essential skills that will be needed to plan and run our chapter next year.