FFA fights through COVID
Clubs, sports, and activities have had to be flexible and persistent throughout the school year due to the Coronavirus. One in particular, Future Farmers of America, has endured challenges due to the nature of their club being interactive and hands-on. However, the members and sponsors have persisted through these difficulties and remained positive.
Despite COVID, FFA is still able to do many of the same things they have been able to in years past. This year, they are still competing in Career Development events, planning FFA related events, such as petting zoos and spirit weeks. The club has also introduced new members and are trying to create a sense of community as well as normalcy within the group even with new regulations.
Mrs. Davenport, one of the club sponsors, has tried to balance safety regulations as well as keeping everything as normal as possible for the club.
“We hold our monthly meetings and try to brainstorm fun activities to do while still following the new COVID procedures. This year, so far, we have competed in Soil Judging with a brand new team of freshmen and sophomores. We are also preparing and practicing for horse judging, livestock judging, welding, and many different Leadership events,” Davenport said.
Another thing the FFA members are getting used to is hosting and participating in their contests online. Since the contests are interactive, hands-on, and many times outside, it has been an adjustment for everyone involved in FFA this year. Many students also opted for remote learning, which poses more challenges to the club with less in person members being present.
“Most of our contests are being done virtually this year. With members being contact traced, quarantined, or opting to do Distance Learning, it has been a struggle to communicate with everyone. Our members this year have been great at accommodating and being understanding when it comes to last minutes changes,” Davenport said.
Some traditions that FFA is still continuing on with this year include the annual petting zoo put on during National FFA week, growing corn, and tapping trees here at LPHS to make homemade maple syrup.
“Members look forward to this every year and enjoy getting the hands-on experience in their agriculture classes,” Davenport said.
FFA week this year is February 22-26 and will feature a school wide spirit week, a petting zoo, and other fun activities.