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“Building UP” the community with service during Nevada FFA Convention



As part of the 84th annual Nevada FFA Convention, 50 high school students from across the state will volunteer on Thursday, March 21, 2012 at the Washoe Senior Center and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN).

During the community service effort, 10 students will help deliver boxes of dried food and produce to the senior center as part of the state Commodity Supplemental Food Program. The other 40 FFA members will help stack and pack non-perishable food items at the food bank. After the service project, students will attend a workshop about the importance of serving one’s community. The project and workshop will last from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The annual project helps teach students the importance of service and community relations. Each year, convention attendees visit schools, clean parks and participate in other activities. In 2012, the Nevada FFA Association cleaned a section of Rancho San Rafael Park.

“One of Nevada FFA’s many purposes is to serve our local communities,” said Margaret Wright, Nevada State FFA president. “This outreach event allows us to work together and help make a difference while the entire state association visits in Reno.”

The service project is one of numerous activities at the 84th Nevada State FFA Convention, which runs from Tuesday, March 19 to Friday, March 22. This year’s theme is “Building UP.” The convention will also host the Agriculture Mechanic Olympics on Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m. in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union.

The Nevada FFA Association will hold the convention at the University of Nevada, Reno. During the week, 521 students will travel from counties across Nevada to compete in agricultural career events, to volunteer and to attend motivational sessions. They will also meet with Tyler Menane, California State reporter and Wiley Bailey, National FFA Southern Region vice president.

The Nevada FFA Association is a state section of the National FFA Organization. Every student enrolled in a secondary agricultural education course is a FFA member. The association consists of 1,934 members in 24 chapters. Twenty-two percent of Nevada FFA students reported they provided 6,343 community service hours within and outside their schools in 2012. Students’ total community impact through personal work based projects equaled $310,533 during 2012. Visit www.nvaged.com and follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the Nevada FFA Association.

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