CASSTOWN – The Miami East-MVCTC FFA chapter in Casstown has been awarded two National FFA Living To Serve Grants in the total amount of $,3400 as part of the Yearlong Living to Serve Grant program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support yearlong service-learning projects that address needs within the focus areas of community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement.
Miami East-MVCTC FFA plans to help address environmental and social needs of the Miami East Schools community. During the Yearlong Day of Service Mini-Grant program, the members plan to purchase supplies, assemble, and distribute 10 winter weather emergency kids for community members in need of assistance during harsh winter months.
During the Yearlong Living To Serve Grant program, members plan to host a free water and soil testing event on Nov. 13, to give community members recommendations for fertilization and management practices. Additionally, FFA members plan to assist the Miami Soil and Water Conservation in a spring tire collection and recycling day to remove 2,000 tires from the environment and use them for a good purpose such as playground ground cover.
The program provided nearly $338,000 to FFA chapters in 35 states and Puerto Rico. The 2017 Yearlong Living to Serve Grants are sponsored by sponsors CSX and Tractor Supply Company. For more information and a complete listing of sponsors, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.