Blue & Gold
There’s just something about seeing those Blue & Gold jackets. You know the ones; the ones that represent the FFA. This year is the 80th anniversary of the FFA jacket. FFA members who were able to travel to the National FFA Convention in Louisville this past week were regaled by young and old members alike all talking of their memorable experiences of wearing the FFA blue & gold. Amy Stevens said, “My daughter is the FFA president at Lord Botetourt High School this year. We recently were at the CVS in Daleville when an older gentleman that we did not know came over and began talking to her. Yes, her, not me, her parent. Very quickly we realized it was because she was wearing her FFA jacket. I do not recall his name, but I’ll never forget his eyes that lit up as he reminisced with us about being a FFA member when he was in high school. Although I was not a FFA member in high school, I am certainly honored to walk among those that do wear it today with pride.”
The last few years, FFA members at Read Mountain Middle School have held their Citrus Fruit Fundraiser to pay for their FFA jackets. It was not easy at first for me to turn all those sales over to purchase jackets. We are a very active chapter and needed every bit of the money we earned to support our FFA activities for the year. Last year, though, we bought more than 20 jackets for our members. For the members that are dedicated, that jacket is actually more gold than blue. I have had members talk to me about their dads or uncles wearing the blue and gold FFA jacket when they were in school. It is a tangible connection to their family history. Many still have that jacket, though it may be dusty and a bit faded.
This year, Read Mountain FFA will again devote the majority of sales from their citrus fruit and apple fundraiser to buying member jackets. The remainder will go towards donating back to the FFA Founder’s Association at Virginia Tech for scholarships and activities for the year, which include registration fees for Career Development Events, leadership workshops, supplies and our end of the year awards and recognition night held in May. When these 6th, 7th and 8th grade members run this fundraiser, they are able to truly jump into it like they would a job or career. They experience hands on Workplace Readiness Skills like customer-service, teamwork, positive work ethic, and self- representation just to name a few. Please consider supporting this legacy.
Florida citrus fruit available are seedless Navel and Red Navels, $30 4/5 bushel and $20 2/5 bushel; Tangelos, Hamlin Juice Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit, $25 4/5 bushel and $15 2/5 bushel; and Tangerines, $20 2/5 bushel. We will be having Virginia-Grown Golden Delicious apples as well as delicious, crisp, Fuji apples at $30 a bushel and $16 for ½ bushel. Also available are a $30 MIX 4/5 bushel navels and red grapefruit or a $30 TRIO 4/5 bushel Fuji apples, Navel oranges and red grapefruit. TRIO or a $30 VARIETY 4/5 bushel Tangelo, Navel and red grapefruit.” To place an order, please email Amy Stevens, Ag Instructor/FFA Advisor Read Mountain Middle School at email@example.com or call 966-8655.
Sales end on November 22. Fruit can be picked up at Read Mountain Middle School on December Dec 11 and 12 3:30-6:30pm. Southern States is allowing us to sell fruit on December 14 from 9-1 p.m. Thank you for your continued assistance in allowing our members to fulfill the FFA motto: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve.”
–submitted by Amy Stevens