It's National Future Farmers of America Week, and the local FFA chapter in the Wheat Capital of the World at Wellington High School has been busy.
On Monday night, the group hosted their annual community supper, silent auction and labor auction at the high school.
"We've really, really had a lot of stuff donated, a lot of baked goods," said Linda Chase, FFA Advisor, and Ag Teacher at the high school "We have some things form the greenhouse that we did, we even have about two pounds of fresh tomatoes that we grew ourselves." Several students were "auctioned off" to the highest bidder for five hours of labor; it all raised several hundreds of dollars for the FFA group.
Local business also got involved with the FFA silent auction, where there were items donated by the KOA campground and more.
"Orscheln's came through and donated a lot of really nice things for the silent and live auctions," Chase said. All of these auctions are to raise funds for students to attend the National FFA Convention and provide money for senior scholarships.
The students will also host a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon this week to say "thank your" for their support of the FFA program. Students have also been dressing up each day to show their FFA spirit. Spirit days include: Duck Dynasty Day, Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs, American Hoggers, Swamp People and finally a Blue and Gold day.
The theme for this year's National FFA Week is "Grow," fitting in more ways in than one when it comes to the WHS Ag-Science and Technology program. This year the local FFA has 65 members.
"It's been great having that many kids active," Chase said. "In the ag education classroom, I have probably 120-something kids, which is awesome." Chase added that with the help of the community coming together, the FFA community dinner and auctions have grown a little bit each year. She is optimistic the programs will continue to see improving numbers.
"The program is really, really growing, especially now since we've got two of the ag classes passed by the state board for science credit," Chase said. "I can see numbers going through the roof next year."