INDIANAPOLIS – The Lumberton FFA chapter has been awarded a Fall Semester- Long Living to Serve Grant in the amount of $1,200.
The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support semester-long service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement during the fall semester.
Lumberton FFA plans to help address the environmental concerns of the Bradford Pear Tree.
Members will be removing Bradford Pear Trees from campus and will be replacing those with trees from the Forestry Tree ID list that are more native to the area. Students will gain hands-on learning from the removal of trees and replanting of trees.
This project will be infused into classroom learning by living out the motto: learning to do, doing to learn.
Students in the Sustainable Ag Production class will combine with the Natural Resources Class and the Horticulture class to learn how to remove the Bradford Pear Trees on campus.
These three classes will also learn how to replant new trees on campus.
Students will also learn about the invasive species of the Bradford Pear Tree. Students will also be able to utilize the new trees planted on campus to be better prepared for the Forestry CDE.
All new trees will come from the NC FFA Forestry Tree ID list. These trees are native to the area and will maximize student learning in the Natural Resources Class.
The program provided more than $60,000 to FFA chapters in 23 states. The 2022 Fall Semester- Long Living to Serve Grants are sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Cargill.
For more information and a complete listing of sponsors, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 850,000 student members as part of 8,995 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook and Twitter.
About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations, and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders, and support the future of agricultural education.
Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.