7 ways to celebrate National FFA Week from a safe distance
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – While many considerations for National FFA Week will be taken based on whether you are meeting in person or virtually, that doesn’t mean activities have to stop. Through creative thinking and variety, you can keep the mental health and well-being of your chapter, fellow members and community on a positive track while celebrating our organization.
Plan an Activity Hour.
You may not be able to celebrate National FFA Week in person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate together. Plan a time when all chapter members can take part in an activity from home such as hiking, bike riding or horseback riding.
Decorate with Member Yard Art.
Does your chapter normally decorate the lockers of your fellow members for National FFA Week? Spend some time making yard signs or door decorations, and give your classmates the shout-outs they deserve.
Set Up a Thank-You Drive-Through.
National FFA Week is an important time to thank alumni, sponsors and donors for their contributions to the chapter. Set up a drive-by thank-you event to show appreciation for those who support your chapter throughout the year.
Reserve Time for Movie Night.
Watch parties are the new drive-in theaters. Plan a time to watch a movie together through a free online streaming platform and set up a group chat to talk about what you are watching.
It may be a made-up word, but the intention is real. Don’t miss the opportunity to “agvocate” for your chapter with agricultural leaders in the community. Schedule videoconferences and phone calls to share the good news with existing and potential stakeholders.
Practice Online Applications.
FFA chapters can apply for up to $5,000 through the Grants for Growing program sponsored by Tractor Supply Company. Put your computer, communications and planning skills to work by applying online during National FFA Week.
Serve at a Physical Distance.
Service is as important as ever considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As many FFA chapters participate in service activities leading up to and through FFA Week, FFA has created the Service and Volunteerism Ideas During COVID document. The resource provides safety guidelines and ways FFA members can continue living to serve during these trying times.