Braymer FFA was named Top Chapter in the state and Premier Chapter winner in Growing Leaders at the 91st Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.
The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. This award is sponsored by FCS Financial. The Braymer FFA advisor is Paige Brock.
The Braymer FFA growing leaders activities included Mission: Happiness. This event promoted and improved self-esteem and mental well-being of members. A series of three events were designed to end negative self-talk; and to create positive and encouraging communication among students, teachers and community members.
The chapter performed activities in the strengthening agriculture category including ELFalfa: The Agriculture Elf. Through this social media campaign, members promoted agriculture advocacy and students’ supervised agricultural experience programs.
Building communities activities included the Teal Bucket Project. This was designed to provide trick-or-treaters who have food allergies a safe alternative to candy. Buckets were filled with small toys and given to community members to disperse to trick-or-treaters.
The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Missouri FFA has 25,375 members representing 347 chapters. The national organization has more than 669,000 members representing 8,630 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.