Marathon Central School FFA (Future Farmers of America) celebrated FFA Week February 10-14 in the school and community. School activities during this awareness campaign included spirit week dress up, a daily trivia contest, announcement videos, gift bags for elementary staff members, and a breakfast for high school staff.
In the community there was a display at Peck Memorial Library and student readings at the preschool story hour, snow paintings, and outreach at local restaurants in the form of placemats featuring agriculture and FFA facts.
Marathon FFA is in its fourth year since the Chapter re-formed after a lengthy period without an agriculture teacher. Under the new leadership of Crystal Cornell Aukema, Marathon FFA is now 52 members strong. Besides learning about a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related topics, FFA members learn important professional and life skills like teamwork, parliamentary procedure, leadership, and communication that will contribute to their success in whatever career field they pursue.
The FFA is busy with activities like the Agriculture Fair in the fall and the strawberry sale this month, in addition to classroom work, competitions, conferences, and camps throughout the year.
A FFA Alumni and Supporters Group has started to provide volunteers and other support to enhance the program and ensure the success of our students.
This is a press release from Marathon's FFA Alumni and Supporters Group.