It was the first full day of the 89th Indiana State FFA Convention in Greater Lafayette on Tuesday. Community service projects were held at Purdue University, the home of the convention, and two Pay Less Supermarkets locations in Lafayette. National FFA President Breanna Holbert talked about the importance of service projects to the organization.
“So, our motto here in FFA is, ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.’ And that living to serve portion is huge in our organization, and so we’re always trying to build our communities to win back not only people that don’t come from ag but people that are in ag and to continue to build upon that foundation.”
HAT spoke to Natalie Taylor, Indiana FFA State Reporter, about the service project taking place on campus.
“We have a lot of students here today, about 300, out here working on tying blankets which will be going to a homeless shelter after this. We’re making about 230 tie blankets here today. We’re really excited. There is so much energy here. It’s really good to have so many people from all over the state coming together to help support this community.”
State Sentinel Grant Sanchez told us about the interesting partnership between Indiana FFA and Pay Less Supermarkets in Lafayette, a division of Kroger.
“Kroger was generous enough to pick up this donation, and they’ve donated the money to buy these cans, and the kids are constructing these cans to make a ‘can-struction’. Our theme this year is ‘I can. We will.’ So, they’re going to build these cans up to where it reads ‘I can. We will.’”
The cans will be donated to Food Finders Food Bank in Lafayette.