The Rich Hill FFA chapter in Rich Hill, Mo has been awarded a $2000 grant from the National FFA Organization’s Natural Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Grant program. The chapter has developed a year-long service-learning project to meet a local emergency or natural disaster need. The Natural Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Grants are provided through funding from CSX and Bayer, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The Rich Hill FFA project includes plans to will be able to not only help the school, but also the community in the case of a natural disaster. The focus will be on a tornado. The FFA will be able to contribute to the safety aspects of the safe room by providing a defibrillator to be placed in a convenient area. In addition they will provide first aid kits for each classroom. The chapter will also assist in the open house of the safe room. This will be scheduled at a later date.
Educational events will be given at every level in the school. The staff will be trained on the use of the defibrilator and first aid. The elementary will receive activity sheets on tornadoes and emergency situations. Middle school and high school will receive first aid training. All will participate in mock tornado drills.
These projects illustrate the final line of the FFA motto (“Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve”) by encouraging FFA members to unite in service within their communities. The Natural Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Grants take community service one step further to service-learning, which provides a meaningful way to apply leadership and education skills learned in school and FFA. More information about the program can be found at www.FFA.org/envirogrants.
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (http://www.ffa.org), on Facebook (http://facebook.com/nationalffa), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org).