A few area school FFA Chapters are receiving grants for local service projects.  The South Dakota FFA Foundation awarded four-thousand dollars in grants for local FFA Chapter Service Learning Projects.  Foundation Executive Director Gerri Eide said each local chapter decides which projects they will do and then applies for the assistance.

Eide said there are a wide variety of projects that local FFA chapters are working on.  In our area, Madison Central’s FFA chapter is hosting a farm safety event for area third graders, and McCook Central is hosting a Save Our Farm Youth day camp for all third graders in their county.  

The West Central FFA Chapter assisted with the education and promotion of Humboldt’s Old Fashioned Threshing Show, and Howard’s Chapter is creating and distributing semester exam survival kits for seventh through twelfth grade students. 

Eide said the funding they provided the local chapters comes from a grant the foundation received from the TC Energy Foundation.

She said the FFA motto includes the words Living to Serve and that’s what these projects exemplify.

More information about the state’s FFA Foundation and programs can be found here