Members of Future Farmers of America at Thomson High School celebrated and promoted their student organization last week during FFA Week.
Students dressed in a different theme every day, from school colors to camouflage to plaid.
Teachers were allowed to wear jeans to work on Friday if they donated $1 to the organization.
“FFA Week is about promoting the FFA and letting the school and community know how important FFA is and how important agriculture is to our community (and) to our state,” said adviser Rick DuBose.
Throughout the week, students participated in leadership games and conducted a canned-food drive for Manna Inc.
They decorated a display case in the mall area with T-shirts, posters and other items promoting the organization.
The class with the highest percentage of participation will get an ice cream party this week, DuBose said.
In addition, the students served breakfast to teachers and staff to thank them for their support.
DuBose said after the week’s events, at least one teacher expressed appreciation for the agricultural businesses within the community.
“Sometimes we take it for granted and don’t realize how much work went into producing what we use every day,” he said.
The rest of the year, DuBose’s classes, many of whom are FFA members, learn about other topics relevant to agriculture.
For instance, they are learning about biotechnology and ways plants and animals have been used to benefit humans.
Landscaping classes are learning techniques, which he said will give them skills to take care of their own properties one day. They use those skills to maintain the landscape in front of the school.
For some, exposure to agriculture through the FFA inspires career choices.
“This class kind of helps you find what you want to be when you grow up,” said Margaret Beckham, 16, who attends DuBose’s landscaping class.