It’s Leap Day!


February 29 is a date that usually occurs every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.

Use this extra 24 hours to think about just how much happens every single day, and different ways to quantify a day.

For example, how money does an agricultural engineer earn on a daily basis? How much does the average American spend on food each day?  How much milk is produced by your nearest dairy farm in one day?

Questions like these can really help give you a better perspective on what a day really means!

Check out more Leap Day learning activities like these from the New York Times Learning Network.  

A crash course in driver safety.

It’s difficult to focus on tragedy, but after many fatal car accidents in Freedom, Wis., over the years, Freedom FFA members decided to create a Mock Crash to educate the student body about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The event was held just prior to prom and graduation, so students would have the lesson fresh in their minds.

Working in cooperation with 10 local emergency response teams, the mock crash was conducted on May 5, 2009, in the parking lot at Freedom High School. More than 500 high school and community members were there to witness the “crash.”

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FFA Week Round-up

We were so proud to see our chapters in action during National FFA Week! Here are some highlights from around the country:

We believe… in Teamwork.

Let’s face it. We can’t be good at everything. That’s why it’s important to rely on teamwork. Teamwork allow us to take advantage of different individuals’ strengths and talents while working to achieve an important goal.

Check out this inspirational video of ants building a farm for more thoughts on teamwork:


We believe… in Respect.



It seems that these days, we’re surrounded by incivility. We see people shouting insults at each other on T.V., and we see rude, hurtful comments exchanged via Facebook, IM and text messaging.

In order to improve our communities, our country and the world, we have to have healthy debate. It’s impossible to  agree with everything and everybody. And, it’s important for you to stand up for what you believe in and value. But, in order to help tackle issues facing our communities and move forward, we have to work to find common ground. We do that by listening carefully to others, and treating them with dignity and respect, even when we disagree with them.

Here are some great tips for fostering civility in your schools and communities from the Speak Your Peace Civility Project (Duluth, Minnesota):

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