Now that school at Amanda-Clearcreek is out for the summer, this presents the perfect opportunity for Amanda-Clearcreek FFA members to participate and help out with community activities. Throughout the school year, FFA members volunteer to help out with multiple activities. Two of their biggest activities that members volunteer to help with are the Adopt-a-Highway clean-ups and the Holiday Food Drive.
Members volunteer to help clean up the sides of the roadways along State Route 159 in the spring, summer, and fall. The stretch of State Route 159 that the FFA Chapter at Amanda-Clearcreek strives to keep clean during the year stretches from Oakland to Tommy Wayne’s Pizza outside of Amanda. The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA partners with the Amanda Fire Department in the Fall to help with the Holiday Food Drive. FFA members put together donation bags and deliver them to all the houses in the towns of Amanda and Stoutsville. Several days later, members go back around the houses in these two villages and collect the bags of non-perishable foods that residents have donated and set back out. The bags of food are then taken back to the Ag. Center, where members sort through the food and reorganize it. The food is then taken to the Amanda Fire Department, where they deliver it to members of the community who are in need.
In addition to the many activities that FFA members at Amanda-Clearcreek volunteer to help with during the school year, they also help out with many community volunteer activities over the summer months. By the end of June, A-C FFA members will have helped to set-up tables and chairs at the A-C Alumni Banquet, and will have helped to set-up, work, and clean-up the A-C Alumni’s Thad Davis 5K Run/Walk. Members will also have helped with the Saltcreek Fire Department Fish Fry held in Tarlton each June and the Amanda Trash Clean-up Day. By the end of the summer, FFA members at Amanda-Clearcreek will also have helped to prepare gift bags for participants in the Pelotonia Bike Tour, helped to clean-up, spread mulch, and plant flowers at Cross Mound Park on Sixteenth Road, and held an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup.
Although summer is a time for many students to sit back and relax, it is clear that the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter keeps itself very busy with volunteer activities in addition to other activities such as FFA Camp. Members are willing to step forward and help out whenever needed. This is great for both FFA Chapter members and the community, as it benefits all.