Grown Here at Home: CAMS students in Botetourt County learn about FFA
Sixth-graders at Central Academy Middle School in Botetourt County aren’t just reading what’s in a textbook. They’re putting it into practice.
"Agriculture is so diverse and our time with the students is often very short and fast-paced, so we try to cover as many agriculture topics as possible," said Agriscience Teacher Jennifer Hannah.
As part of the agriscience program, they’re learning about Future Farmers of America.
"They’ve learned a little bit about the history and the basics of it, and now we’re going over officer or leadership roles within FFA because it is a student-led organization.We’re also learning a little bit about parliamentary procedure – how are some of the FFA meetings conducted," Hannah said.
She went on to say, "To be a part of the FFA, if they’re in the agriscience classes, I introduce it through the classes and they can speak to me about joining with membership."
The leadership skills they’re learning can be applied to any area of their lives.
"It’s something that whether they stay in agriculture or FFA they can use this across the board and into adulthood," Hannah said.