Eudora FFA hopes to increase visibility throughout community
As the students and a teacher or two filed in and out of Kristy Taylor's classroom at Eudora High School on Friday, they thanked the agricultural sciences teacher for the ice cream.
If they didn't know about Eudora High's National FFA chapter, they now had a taste of it.
The free ice cream, which was made by Taylor and her students, wrapped up the chapter's many activities for FFA week. Taylor and her students also wore FFA apparel, put on an appreciation breakfast for people in the community and went into fourth-grade classes at West Elementary School to do FFA-themed activities with the students.
The week's activities were about making known their presence throughout the high school and community.
While Taylor said the ultimate goal was not to raise money, she knows increasing the visibility of the organization in the community might lead to charitable donations in the future.
"There were a lot of times when I was in FFA in high school were we worked with the Lions Club and we would do lots of community service with them and then they would help fund activities for us," she said. "I like to do community service whenever I can. It shows a lot about your character and I think that you shouldn't be upset about doing it if you don't get something in return."
Freshman Cecilia Lehmann said she was surprised by the involvement from her fellow students during the week's activities, which also featured FFA trivia read to the students during the daily announcements.
Lehmann is in her first year of FFA and said she looks forward to being in the class throughout her high school career.
"I love it," she said. "My mom told me to take the class because my brother took it last year, and now I want to take it every year. I thought it was just farming, and I'm not the farmer-type. Farming is a part of it, but not all of it."
Taylor said she was pleased with the response from those who attended the appreciation breakfast Feb. 20. The breakfast, she said, further educated parents who might have questions about FAA.
"Parents were asking about it (FFA) and it helped to let them see what we do so that they might want to help us out in the future, as far as allowing their kids to do more contests and stuff like that," she said.
Although Taylor admitted she had an especially tiring week, the positive reactions made it all worth it to her and her students.
"I had a really good time doing it, and I think the kids appreciate it," she said. "I think it shows them that the harder they work, they'll get benefits out of it."