When people think of a farmer, they might picture a guy in bibbed-overalls, a flannel shirt and work boots with a piece of straw dangling from his mouth, but FFA week hopefully broadened some people's view.
While many of us consider patched up Carharts and gum boots everyday attire, we like to mix it up with the occasional country music or John Deere tattoo.
Each day of FFA Week, held March 22-26 this year because of snow days in February, had a theme to encourage student participation. For example, students were encouraged to dress the part with boots and flannel day, camo day, bibs day and FFA shirt day.
We added animal shirt day this year and had a great response from team jerseys with animal logos to a tee with a flying pig to sweatshirts from Quarter Horse Congress. There were also in-class games like corn jar guessing and a hay bale toss.
FFA Week illustrates the many facets of farm life today. We honor our traditions with events such as square dances and our upcoming FFA Banquet. Agriculture is more than factory farms and plowing corn; it's a way of life.
Every year, the FFA hosts a Teacher's Breakfast. All the high school teachers and district staff are invited for a breakfast prepared by the FFA members. FFA members all wore their FFA shirts. This year we served pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and biscuits.
Some FFA members perfected the art of creating the pinnacle pancake while other's pancakes looked more like mutated amebas or charred cow patties. The FFA fried over eight pounds of pork. Thus proving John Glenn FFA can not only bring home the bacon; we can fry it up in a pan.