FFA Members Attend Legislators Appreciation Day
Swansea, SC - Swansea High School agricultural education students attended the SC FFA-sponsored State Legislators Appreciation Ceremony in Columbia February 22.
The students accompanied by Desiree Kinneer, agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor at Swansea High School, toured the state house and were introduced to the members of the House of Representatives while in session. Following the tour and session, the group joined approximately one thousand FFA members and advisors from throughout South Carolina on the north steps of the State Capitol for a special recognition ceremony.
Molly Spearman, state superintendent of education, applauded the FFA organization for their hard work and concern for the welfare of the community. She also stated “I am confident in our future because I know South Carolina is producing exceptional young people who will be able to successfully lead our state in the future.”
Commissioner Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture, presented the Governors Proclamation to the State FFA Officers on behalf of Governor McMaster. This was in recognition of National FFA Week February 19-25, 2017. Commissioner Weathers also stated “Your attendance here today shows you care about South Carolina agriculture”.
The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Washington’s Birthday.
The FFA positively influences the young people of America by developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for successful careers. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, FFA members are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture. With more than 630,000 members, the organization has a history of service and a legacy of leadership.