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Dassel-Cokato FFA celebrates 2012 National FFA Week
Feb. 20, 2012

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week Feb. 18-25. “I Believe” is this year’s theme, and it marks the celebration of more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future.

This year, there are 178 members of Dassel-Cokato FFA, and more than half a million nationwide members who will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state, and national levels.

As a part of National FFA Week, Dassel-Cokato FFA members are planning the following special events:

• A community dinner in the Agriculture Room Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Meetings with Rep. Dean Urdahl and Sen. Scott Newman Thursday, Feb. 23 at the State Capitol.

• Visits to local nursing homes.

• Coloring contests with elementary students.

DC FFA members are well-mannered, perceptive, and willing to help others through community service projects such as Adopt-A-Highway, the teddy bear toss donating stuffed animals to children at area hospitals, and food drives for the local food shelves.

FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they prepare for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber, and natural resources industry.

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and annually coincides with George Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22.

One great way to support Dassel-Cokato FFA is to go to www.ffachapterchallenge.com and vote for DC FFA.

The chapter receiving the most votes in the state gets $2,500, and the top 10 each get $1,500 from Monsanto to help students gain leadership skills and knowledge of the agricultural industry.

About the National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership in careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The National FFA Organization changed to its current name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Visit www.ffa.org for more information and follow the organization on Facebook, and Twitter and FFA Nation.

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