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February 14, 2013

Memphis Chapter to Celebrate 2013 National FFA Week, February 16-23

The Memphis Chapter of the Future Farmers of America will celebrate National FFA Week February 16-23, 2013. This year's theme is Grow, and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization's future. More than 550,000 members nationwide will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members come from rural, suburban and urban environments and are interested in the diversity of careers within agriculture. FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they are preparing for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and annually encompasses February 22, George Washington's birthday. Memphis Chapter FFA members will celebrate National FFA Week by participating in the following activities. They will kick off the celebration by attending a Professional Bullriders Association event in St. Louis on Saturday, February 15th. The chapter will host an FFA vs. Parents/Alumni volleyball game on Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m. in the high school gym. On Monday there will be an FFA themed coloring contest at the elementary school featuring a personal pan pizza for all grade winners. On Tuesday, February 19th, FFA members will dress in hunter/camo attire for the day. A junior high recruitment assembly will be held at 1:20 p.m. The following day is official FFA attire day with a group picture to be taken of the chapter members. On Thursday, February 21st, members will wear their favorite FFA themed shirt. An appreciation pancake breakfast will be served from 6:30 - 8 a.m. Things will get a bit noisy on Friday, as FFA members will drive their tractors and trucks to school. Participants will be meeting in the sale barn parking lot at 7:30 a.m. before the parade to school. The chapter will host the annual FFA Card Party and 11pt Pitch Tournament for members, parents, alumni and supporters on Saturday, February 23rd in the high school cafeteria starting at 5 p.m. The week's events will close out on Sunday, February 24th with an FFA church service at 10 a.m. at the Arbela United Methodist Church. In preparation for the week, the staff at SCR-I have joined in an FFA fundraiser, Kiss the Pig. Five staff members are candidates for the opportunity to kiss a pig at the Courtwarming pep assembly on February 15th. Voters can back their favorite candidate by placing money in the corresponding can of candidates Mr. Bergeson, Mr. Fulk, Ms. Olakowski, Ms. McCabe and Mrs. Wiegand.

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