Feb. 18-22 was recognized as National FFA Week and Prairie Height's FFA members made sure that throughout the course of the week it was possible for their schoolmates to be involved in agriculture.
The week started early for Prairie Heights when FFA members made a bold appearance in official FFA dress the Friday before FFA Week. It was also blue and gold dress-up day for all students. With no school on Feb. 18 due to Presidents Day, FFA members took the opportunity to meet as a chapter and kick-off an exciting week with a few chapter leadership contests.
By the morning of Feb. 19, it seemed as if the Ag. Department had taken over the school. The parking lot was filled with tractors and farm equipment driven to school by students. Yes, “million dollar day” was in full swing. With exceptional spirit, the entire student body was dressed as farmers, sporting the latest fashion in plaid style shirts.
The chapter invited elementary students to the ag building for a rotation of six sessions – from a small animal petting zoo to eating gold fish and learning about aquaponics. In total, 375 elementary students participated.
Feb. 20, by far, had the most participation in activities. Many students and staffers were decked out in camouflage for camo day. The Ag parking lot was filled with muddy vehicles for the dirtiest truck competition.
On Feb. 21, the high school was ready for a safari as students were seen in animal print and boots. School was closed on Feb. 22, however, the activities resumed for a spiffy conclusion on Feb. 25, including a farmers’ luncheon for the Prairie Heights staff.
FFA members grilled pork burgers, brought in food, and rolled out the ice cream machine for this staff appreciation lunch. Ice cream cups donated by Dairy Farmers of America were passed out to all students in the lunch line, and agriculture related hats and FFA t-shirts could also be seen throughout the school.
To wrap up FFA Week. the top three last hour classes with the most participation were announced and the winner received a pizza party, with second place receiving ice cream cups. The answers to “which ag teacher?” questions, guess the M&M count, and chapter officer baby pictures were announced. The winners were given Subway gift cards.