In honor of National FFA Week, February 16-23, 2013, WFS announced to area FFA chapters that they would be offering a $2,000 grant program to each FFA chapter within their trade territory through the WFS Foundation.
The purpose of the grant was for each chapter to use the funds to focus on developing and applying leadership and classroom skills with activities, projects, or events that help improve our rural communities and/or service those who live there.
“WFS is a strong advocate of FFA and the skills that students can gain from the program,” said WFS Marketing Communications Director, Jo Ann Gumto. “Just as the FFA motto states: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve, we wanted to help local chapters fund projects that will teach and inspire the youth involved in FFA.”
Each chapter advisor was asked to fill out a simple application describing an activity, project, or event that their chapter has planned for the coming months or has already accomplished this year and how it may have improved their community or helped service a group of individuals within their community. They were also asked how the funds provided by WFS would help with this activity now or in the future.
“Funds from the grant will be used purchase a computer aided plasma cutter,” stated Rich Spitzner, St. James FFA Advisor. “This will greatly enhance the technology skills of our FFA members and also benefit our welding and metal fabrication classes.”
“FFA plays an important role in developing leadership skills, personal growth and career success,” said Gumto. “We are very proud to be able to offer this grant to the St. James FFA program and promote all aspects of agriculture.”
WFS Field Marketer John Vande Braak, along with board members Matt Wolle and Trent Frederickson were on-hand to present the St. James FFA Advisors, Rich and Jeremy Spitzner and chapter members Lyndsey Haler and Macy Elness with a check for $2,000.