FFA Supports Feed Our Kids – Emmetsburg
Members of the Emmetsburg FFA Chapter were committed to helping a local group; “Feed Our Kids Emmetsburg,” with a monetary donation to assist in supplying meals on weekends for children in our community classified as food insecure. To help with this cause, FFA members sponsored a “Kiss the Goat” fundraiser during National FFA Week, which is held the last week in February. Students from Emmetsburg High School donated money toward the teacher they wanted to see kiss “Petunia”, the baby goat brought in by Jillian Joyce, a member of the FFA Chapter. With all teachers in agreement of the fundraiser, the top three with the most donated money were considered the winners. And to raise the stakes, any teacher with more than $20 would also “smooch” with Petunia.
Over the course of the two week fundraiser, students raised $85.59 to donate towards “Feed Our Kids Emmetsburg,” however the Chapter felt this was not a sufficient amount. FFA Officers made an executive decision that for each teacher that kissed Petunia, the FFA Chapter would donate $20. All teachers in the high school were good sports during the FFA Week Pep Rally, taking turns to kiss Petunia. Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Kelly Josephson, also chimed in and offered to donate $70 if there were seven high school students willing to kiss Petunia. Needless to say, this was easily accomplished. Emmetsburg FFA Officers were proud to present Angie Strohman, the representative for “Feed our Kids-Emmetsburg”, with a check for $500 at their April FFA Meeting held on Thursday, April 7th 2016.
FFA members realize the need for more efficiently producing food for our growing world population and acknowledge that even at a local level, hunger can and does exist. FFA members are agricultural education students, preparing for tomorrow’s problems, today. There are 79 proud members in the Emmetsburg FFA Chapter.