State College Little Lions FFA Chapter Awarded $2,000 Grant
After developing a plan to overcome a community-wide environmental issue, the local State College Little Lions FFA chapter received a national grant to see their ideas come to fruition.
Announced Wednesday by the State College Area School District, the State College Little Lions FFA were awarded with a $2,000 grant from the National FFA Organization's 'Living to Serve': Environmental Grant program and will begin their year-long environmental project when the next academic school year convenes.
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The Little Lions FFA project includes plans to work with local farm operators to complete their Manure Management Plans to meet the Clean Stream Act requirements and improve the environmental quality in the State College community.
Members will work with the Centre County Conservation District to plan and conduct workshop sessions with the farmers to meet various aspects of their written plan. Funds will be used to provide testing develop crop production needs and rotations and manage manure nutrients for crop production.
The project will kick off at the Grange Fair and any Centre County farm operator may join the project and complete their plan.
The National FFA Organization makes grant funds available for FFA chapters to develop service-learning projects that impact environmental issues in their community. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. The service-learning method challenged members to identify, research, develop and implement solutions to needs within their school or community.
These projects illustrate the final line of the FFA motto ("Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve") by encouraging FFA members to unite in service within their communities. The LTS: Environmental Grants take community service one step further to service-learning, which provides a meaningful way to apply leadership and education skills learned in school and FFA.
State College Area School District also provided information and background on the benefactor and the FFA:
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX's network connects more than 240 short line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (http://www.ffa.org), on Facebook (http://facebook.com/nationalffa), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org).