By Paige Lupcke
For FFA members at Breckenridge High School, educating younger students is a focal point of their program. The annual spring #SpeakAgMichigan program organized by Breckenridge FFA rotates elementary students through 12 stations highlighting various agriscience program areas.
“It’s so much fun welcoming potential future FFA members into our greenhouse, livestock barn, shop and garden,” said senior officer Sarah Laurenz. “Plus our chapter members work on public speaking and presentation skills. It’s a win-win!”
The chapter officers decide on the stations, members sign up to serve as presenters and then organize their 10-minute station. Many members select their station based on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), an individual project required of all FFA members.
“I’ve always brought my sheep,” said senior member Myra Marr. “I’m able to share how I care for my animals. The kids love to pet them and we talk about what by-products come from sheep.”
Breckenridge is one of nine FFA chapters who received a 2019 #SpeakAgMichigan Award during the 2020 Michigan FFA State Convention. This award is given to chapters engaged in agricultural education and outreach activities in their communities. Winning chapters set clear goals and worked with partnering organizations and teachers to deliver dynamic learning experiences for youth and adults.
The #SpeakAgricultureMichigan awards are presented by Michigan Farm Bureau with financial support from the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)(3) governed by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, positively contributes to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.
Paige Lupcke interned earlier this year with MFB's Center for Education and Leadership Development.