National FFA Week wraps up

Kendall Swift, Staff Writer

Future Farmers of America, FFA, wrapped up its spirit week on Saturday, February 27. Although this year’s activities looked different due to coronavirus restrictions, the FFA still found a way to appreciate and celebrate the Dover chapter. The spirit week, which took place from February 20 to 27, is meant to show appreciation for the group itself, as well as to celebrate its supporters, and bring attention to the group.

FFA is a group that teaches students about agriculture. They promote leadership skills, personal growth, and career success. A big part of the work they do is giving back to the community, such as making tie blankets for the Penn State Children’s hospital and teaching younger students in the district about science. Sentinel Connor Depatto and Student Advisor Sierra Weaver mentioned how they think it is important for people to know that FFA includes much more than just farming and teaches many other important skills, such as welding and animal care. Even if you think agriculture doesn’t affect you, it is actually involved in many aspects of your daily life. Student officers from Dover Area High School include President Caleb Staples, Vice President Amelia Wilt, Treasurer Grace Benton, Secretary Brianna Grim, Reporter Faith Scearce, Sentinel Connor Depatto, and student advisor Sierra Weaver.

In previous years, the FFA held a bake sale for students and a pig roast for school district faculty. The pig roast is intended to be a thank you to teachers in our district for their hard work. Although it was unable to be held this year, FFA members still showed their appreciation by giving teachers gifts in the form of candy and hand written notes. The group is also considering alumni events for the class of 2020 and 2021 to recognize the challenges that made their final years at the school non traditional. Advisors for FFA are planning to bring back the pig roast and bake sale next year, if restrictions allow it. Despite this, the outcome of the spirit week was positive, especially with the great number of participants on flannel Friday.

Students interested in joining FFA can contact the teacher advisors— Mrs. Barzydlo, Miss. Marsh, and Mr. Bowen or any of the students involved!