During National FFA Week, national officer Brennan Costello met with students from Missisquoi Valley FFA in Vermont. He had this to say about his visit:
This ‘Mini-Chapter’ is agriculture educator, Mark Wilde’s, Agriscience class made up of very excited 8th and 9th graders.
They do many of the same things as a typical Agriscience class – class projects, tests, experiments in the Ag shop. What makes this class so special is that this class became much more than a class- they lovingly call themselves a ‘family.’
The class of about 20 students has gone beyond the requirements of a Agriscience class: A new fundraiser for just their class by making and selling apple cider; class sweatshirts; going out to dinner; ice-fishing trips; and even Christmas shopping together.
They have even started a Facebook group in which they communicate in and outside of class, as well as learn how to use social media in a professional manner.
I had the chance to award some of the class with their Greenhand and Discovery FFA Degree’s. I was very impressed by the caliber of student’s in this class.
As I continued to learn about what the class had done, I realized this class was very special. The advisor said this was the best class he had since he started teaching in 1986 and hoped to rebuild his chapter around it.
It made me realize again that the FFA is so much more than an agriculture education organization. We build, and develop relationships – this class is an example of that.