Zane Trace FFA members help hurricane victims

Several members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently learned how to fully embody the FFA motto of “Living to Serve” through their Hurricane Sandy Relief Project. Throughout the month of November, the members who were a part of the Leadership class worked closely with the CROP Church World Service foundation to provide victims of Hurricane Sandy with clean up buckets and blankets in the wake of the storm.

The members in the class separated into three different committees, and each committee was designed to accomplish a different goal. One committee was designed to work with preschool through second grade students to educate them on hurricanes and to collect coins to purchase items for the clean up buckets. Another worked with third through fifth grade, collecting items to fill the buckets, and the final committee worked with high school students, raising money to purchase blankets.

Through efforts involving a bake sale and providing hospitality at the basketball tip-off classic, the high school committee raised $700.00 which is enough money to purchase one hundred and forty blankets. The combined efforts of both of the committees working with the elementary students raised enough to assemble seven cleanup buckets.

This project didn’t only benefit the victims of hurricane Sandy, however, it also tremendously benefitted the students of the leadership class. Throughout this project, the students were inspired by the selfless giving they witnessed. “There was one first grade student who completely emptied out his piggybank for our cause,” said Jessie Proehl, a member of the elementary committee. “Every time we would go in for collection, all the students would jump up and show us the money they have brought it. It was really inspiring to see how much they understand the importance of service at such a young age.”

Without the support from the chapter, the school, faculty, and community, this project would not have been a success. In a season for giving thanks, Zane Trace FFA and community really stepped up to give to those who have less, and the impact of this project may never be fully realized. The Leadership Class thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and looks forward to more opportunities for service.

Pictured:  Nick Kiger, a representative of CROP/CWS Charities, accepts a check in the amount of $700 from the FFA members at Zane Trace.  With this donation, the members were able to purchase 140 woolen blankets to be given to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  The students also assembled seven clean up buckets from donated items.

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