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Texas FFA Ford Leadership Scholars Develop Substantial and Sustainable Community Service Projects    
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 | Author: Texas FFA News

The Ford Leadership Scholars program is a result of the Texas FFA Foundation and Texas Ford Dealers partnership to enhance the leadership opportunities of Texas FFA members.

The objective of the program is to equip students to go back to their communities to develop substantial and sustainable community service capstone projects. Let's take a look at the class of 2022's outstanding projects. 


Jacey Sharkey
Caddo Mills FFA

The mission of Caddo Community Crops is to educate the community in sustainable agricultural practices by producing food year-round for community members while also increasing community food security and improving access to healthy food. Caddo Community Crops is a community service project whose energy, creativity, and contributions are focused on: providing affordable, locally grown food for local people and businesses, providing year-round community gardens, educating others on how to cultivate their own gardens and grow their own crops and produce and provide students with access to healthy food.

Madison Perkins
Gilmer FFA

Hold the Heat is a fire safety community service project that provides free smoke alarm checks for Gilmer, Texas residents. A partnership with the Gilmer Fire Department was secured to allow for advice and firefighter volunteers. Through the help of sponsors, smoke alarms and batteries will be purchased to evaluate 100 smoke alarms. Once that task is complete, student volunteers will partner with a firefighter. The team will go door-to-door to offer free fire alarm checks to community members.

Jamie Hahn
Katy FFA

This project brings agriculture education to local Katy ISD elementary schools. A hands-on garden setup was designed to be incorporated into an agriculture education curriculum and workshop. This will occur inside the classroom and the Katy ISD's Outdoor Learning Center, where elementary students will take field trips to visit the site throughout the year.

Jacie Pennington
Bryson FFA

The project established a community education park for the city of Bryson, Texas. The park consists of a fishing pond, a large gravel walking path around the pond, two bridges, educational nature signs, and an outdoor amphitheater teaching space for the city and school. This park allows the community to enjoy nature and allows the school to utilize the outdoors for educational purposes.

Sofia Perez 
Dobie FFA

The initial service project outlined a greenhouse maintenance commitment of 28 student volunteers. New flower beds were created and planted in December. However, the project came to a halt in January as a tornado hit the school and affected our greenhouse. The project then pivoted, and lessons were created for local elementary students explaining how to care for a sunflower. In addition, they were taught about agriculture, local food systems, and the local school greenhouse. The initial project has now been passed on to two additional students. The local school has committed to fixing the greenhouse. 

Lily Ford 
Weslaco FFA

Farms to Families (De Finca a Families) is a monthly program that distributes fresh produce alongside informational pamphlets to families across the Rio Grande Valley. It was created to fight the high rates of obesity and misinformation on produce and agriculture.

Nataly Taylor
Tahoka FFA

The project consisted of a city art mural designed by Kilisi McLelland. Funds were acquired by working in collaboration with the CDC Board of Tahoka. While the mural is being completed, efforts to place repurposed flower pots around the park are being conducted.

Miranda Skaggs
Rudder FFA

The project consisted of designing and facilitating weekly professional development workshops for at-risk high school students at the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley.

Tanner Patrick
Frost FFA

The project established a car show donation drive for Navarro County that benefited Navarro and Hill counties in coordination with the Frost Community Center Food Pantry. The project led to donations for eight family Thanksgiving meals. 

Gentri Phillips
Llano FFA

The project established a lamb and goat showmanship clinic. Through the clinic, the kids learned how to care for their animals properly, what to feed them, how to properly wash legs for premium hair growth, how to optimize lean to muscle growth, how to exercise their animals depending on their situations, and how to properly prepare and exhibit their animal for showtime.

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