Two upcoming fundraisers could help send a group of local high school students on a journey.
The North Surry High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club is raising money to help send about 30 kids to the organization’s national convention, which will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from Oct. 19 to 22.
“It’s something they’ll remember forever,” said Michael Culler, faculty advisor.
Culler, who teaches agriculture at the high school, speaks from experience.
“I went when I was kid, and I can still tell you things we did each day,” he said. “They’ll learn leadership skills, meet new people from around the U.S.,” he continued, “they will get a lot out of it.”
Students involved with the club learn about the role of agriculture, “and the importance of it,” Culler said, “that we need to have agriculture in our lives for the world to go round. There’s an old saying — if you don’t have agriculture, you don’t have clothes or food to eat.”
At the convention students will visit several farms, attend a career fair and leadership conferences.
Fun activities such as a concert and rodeo are also on the agenda.
“We’re going to be doing something constantly,” Culler said.
About 65 students belong to the North Surry chapter.
“Many of the students in FFA have never been on a farm in their life,” Culler said.
Through service projects and different activities, the club advocates for agriculture, spreading the word about its importance throughout the community.
“We’re very proud of all our FFA clubs in the county,” said Sonia Dickerson, communications director for the school system. “It’s an exciting opportunity the students will have in going to the national convention. It really is a big deal for them.”
The national organization consists of about 600,000 students and has chapters in every state and Puerto Rico, said Culler, noting, “The FFA club is actually the largest student run organization in the world.”
Bingo night set for Oct. 1
Those that choose to participate in the fundraising events will be well rewarded for their contribution.
A Bingo night will be held in the North Surry cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 1. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the games will begin at about 6:30 p.m.
One $25 ticket covers 20 games, one coverall game and 10 door prize tickets.
Game and door prizes include cash, a Weedeater, jewelry, multiple gift cards, facials, decorative bags, high end pocketbooks, and candles.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Hypnotist will perform Oct. 8
On Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., hypnotist Herb McCandless Jr. will perform at Gentry Middle School.
“I can promise you you will laugh the entire time,” said Culler, recalling the hypnotist and comedian’s performance at a fundraiser last year.
“It is a very fun and entertaining event, especially for people who have families.”
The ticket price for that event is $7, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Both events are sponsored by the North Surry FFA Alumni Association.
Mums sale ongoing
A beautiful array of chrysanthemums are currently on sale at the high school for $5 per plant.
Those who wish to purchase the plants should visit the front office.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.