Sleepy Eye FFA Celebrates National FFA Week | News, Sports, Jobs


FFA members helped throughout the day with the animal carnival for primary school students. Pictured is the morning shift. Left to right – front: Morgan Hoffmann, Paige Haala, Caleb Suess, Gavin Strong, Izzy Kunkel, Emma Fischer, Macey Ludewig. Middle: Hailey Meinert, Jon Baures, Nathan Rathman, Maddi Helget, Kayla Hecht, Leisha Martinez, Presley Bauer, Cadence Okerman, Miah Brown. Back: Kyle Capacia, Winsten Nienhaus, Noemi Rodriguez, Chloe Howe, Ellen Windschitl, Marcus Martinez, Sophie Kyllonen, Taylor Lambrecht, Brennen Meyer.

SLEEPY EYE – National FFA Week was celebrated by FFA members nationwide from February 18-26, 2021. The Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter was very active throughout FFA Week.

To start the celebration, we held a student Blacklight dance for all students in grades 7-12 on Friday, February 18, which was followed by a night of lockdown for 55 high school FFA members.

Over the next week, there were daily dress-up days for K-12 students and staff, as well as an emblem hunt. Dress-up days included: Western Wednesday, Hat Day and Blue and Gold Day. The students had the chance to win the best outfit of the day. We also held an emblem hunt where we hid an FFA emblem each day and put a clue in the ads. The student who found the emblem first received a box of FFA popcorn.

Elementary students, as well as staff, were able to participate in the coloring contests of the FFA week. In total, there were 216 attendees at St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye Public. Winners received FFA t-shirts, mugs, popcorn, cinch bags and more. The winning elemental colorings are displayed in the Ag. Entrance hall with many other decorations.

On Thursday, we hosted an appreciation breakfast where our agents prepared baked eggs and prepared fruit for breakfast. All Sleepy Eye Public, Ag. staff, advisory board members, school board members, administration, and high-level supporters were invited to the breakfast.

Friday was a favorite for the whole school with the animal carnival. The purpose of the Animal Carnival was to inform and educate Sleepy Eye Public Kindergarten through 6th graders and St. Mary’s 3rd graders about where their food and fiber comes from. This event allowed students to see and pet eight different types of farm animals and learn more about them.

Our animal carnival sponsors included: Dean Evers- lambs, Chris Richert- goats, Rosenhammer’s- Holstein calf, Portner’s- Brown Swiss calf, Schwartz Farms- piglets, Hacker’s- llamas and Ellen Windschitl- rabbit. We appreciate that they share their animals with us for the day.

The week’s activities culminated with an officer bonding activity in an escape room adventure. FFA National Week is an opportunity to celebrate the organization that we love and appreciate so much and all that it has taught us. We had a great time involving everyone in the school in our activities.

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