Students don jackets in support of FFA week

By CNJ staff

Clovis High School sophomore Kayla Urban and about 40 fellow CHS students will wear their blue corduroy jackets Friday as a symbol of their FFA membership.

Wearing the jackets is one of several activities FFA members in Clovis and across the country will do to celebrate National FFA Week, which started Saturday and ends this Saturday, according to Urban.

“This week is everything we’ve been looking forward to,” said Urban, who is in her second year in FFA.

The organization began in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America.

“(It) began with a bunch of farm boys getting together and holding meetings and figuring out how they could better agriculture,” Urban said.

“Now, it has changed so much,” she said. “There are so many jobs in agriculture, so many open doors for people who want to go into agriculture.”

Urban, a reporter for the Clovis FFA chapter, plans on being a veterinarian.

She said FFA week is a chance for the Clovis chapter to recruit new members and educate others about the organization.

Students in grades seven through 12 can be FFA members, Urban said. Membership can be maintained for up to three years after high school graduation, according to Urban.

The National FFA Organization operates on local, state, and national levels.

Clovis High School FFA week events:
Today: Members will announce the week by handing out flyers.

Wednesday: Members will cook and sell hamburgers and other lunch items as a fund-raiser.

Thursday: Members will host a bowling night. Members and non-members are welcome.

Friday: Members will wear their blue FFA jackets.