New London High School and Middle/Intermediate School celebrated National FFA Week by highlighting agricultural education and some of the year’s events.
These events have included the following:
A field trip attended by high and middle school students to World Dairy Expo where students had to interview farmers and other dairy professionals from around the world. They were required to introduce themselves to people from at least three countries from three different continents. More than 90 countries were represented at the annual Madison event.
Students also tried their hand at judging some of the finest dairy cattle in North America, as well as visiting a plethora of exhibits and a workshop on leadership and networking by former Alice-in-Dairyland.
Kyla Werner and Lakelann Groat attended the 212 Conference in Green Bay. Before leaving, they visited the 9/11 Memorial on the north bank of the Fox River right near the Neville Museum. On the memorial are the names of the 22 Wisconsinites who were killed that day as well as the names of all the others.
New London FFA held petting zoos at both the Sausage and Cheese Festival and the Harvest Moon Festival at Mosquito Hill.
For World Rabies Day, New London FFA put fliers in grocery bags and had a booth at the SAFE/Wolf River Veterinary Clinic dog walk in Hatten Park.
FFA members went to see “Dolphin Tale 2” at the Grand Cinema. During the run of the movie, students created a booth, posters and flyers under the title “Cats can Kill Dolphins,” highlighting how cat feces that enters rivers or the sewer system can carry toxoplasmosis to dolphins. Cat feces should be put in a plastic bag and sent with garbage to a clay-lined landfill.
FFA Week activities
On Monday FFA members wore their FFA tee-shirts to school and hosted an ice cream social in the Commons after school.
Tuesday created a buzz with Drive-your-tractor-to-school Day.
Wednesday was Salad Dressing Day. Without agriculture, there would be no salad. Students dressed up to represent a particular kind (or kinds) of salad dressing. The most popular seemed to be ranch with cowboys and cowgirls in the hallways. At the middle/intermediate school, even the staff got into the festivities with a number of them dressing up.
Thursday was more serious with information and activities on safety on display at tables during the three high school lunches. The students used the 2006 edition of “Rural Safety” that the New London FFA published. All agriculture classes (Small Animal Care, Natural Resource Management, and Turf and Landscape Management) viewed the video related to the terrible one-car crash that took the life of three students at Campbellsport High School (www.speakuptoslowdown.com). They then had the opportunity at the FFA safety tables to sign the “Three Angel Pledge” where they promise to speak up if the driver is speeding or driving recklessly.
Friday was Dress-like-a-farmer or other agricultural professional Day. Agriculture is a sector of the economy that continues to provide many career opportunities, most of which are not in becoming a farmer. That is why in 1988, FFA was changed from Future Farmers of America to just FFA so that people do not think it is simply for farmers or prospective farmers, but for all the career areas related to agriculture, from agronomist to zookeeper, from biotechnologist to veterinarian.
Upcoming events include the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 21, the WPS Oshkosh Farm Show on March 24, the Fox Valley Technical College Regional Career Development event March 27, and the Annual FFA Alumni Toy Show at Crystal Falls on Sunday, March 29,