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West Union FFA receives $2,500 donation

The West Union High School FFA, along with their advisor, Mr. Donnie McCarty, recently received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Stella Anderson. The donation will help the FFA chapter continue constructing the educational nature trail located on the school’s campus.

For six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America. Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America. Grow Communities is one program in the America’s Farmers community outreach effort, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to learn more.

The West Union FFA organization also hosted their annual FFA Week. This tradition was started in 1947 by the National FFA in celebration of George Washington’s birthday, who was an active agriculturalist.

This year, the WUHS FFA held a “bucks and does” fundraiser. Each homeroom collected money and each “buck” represented a positive point for the homeroom class. Classrooms could also use their cash as a “doe” to contribute a negative point to other homerooms. At the end of the week the classroom with the most positive points on both the high school side and the junior high side, won either a doughnut and milk breakfast or a pizza and pop lunch.

The club raised an impressive amount this year, $1000, which will be donated to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. They club also received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources which doubled the amount of money donated. The FFA students also provided the staff of WUHS a luncheon from Hesler’s Catering.

Pictured: FFA Officers with the donation check, from left, Alaina Harover – Student Advisor, Kaley Daniels – Chaplain, Cassidy Price – Sentinel, Brayden Gaffin – Historian, Haley Daniels – Treasurer, Stella Anderson, Shannon Runyan – Secretary, Rebekah McCarty – Parliamentarian, Ashley Hackworth – Reporter, and Andrew Weeks – Vice President.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_FFA-Grant-Pic.jpgPictured: FFA Officers with the donation check, from left, Alaina Harover – Student Advisor, Kaley Daniels – Chaplain, Cassidy Price – Sentinel, Brayden Gaffin – Historian, Haley Daniels – Treasurer, Stella Anderson, Shannon Runyan – Secretary, Rebekah McCarty – Parliamentarian, Ashley Hackworth – Reporter, and Andrew Weeks – Vice President. Photo by Jamie Puckett

By Jamie Puckett

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