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FFA ... It's A Family Tradition For Many

 

Daria Anderson-Faden/The Observer

Kimball FFA members gather to have their services sold for the Annual FFA Labor Auction last week Thursday, March 28. From left are Zach Wagner, Hannah Marks, Greg Wilke and Lacey Klinkhammer.

The hard work for the FFA Alumni pays off when they "watch kids be successful after they graduate and leave the program." This is the reason why Sandy Lukassen, Amber Wilke and other alumni spent their Thursday afternoon and evening preparing the food, lining up the silent auction articles, and finally, cleaning up after the FFA Alumni feed.

While preparing coleslaw and beans for the annual feed, both Sandy Lukassen and Amber Wilke professed a strong commitment to the Kimball FFA program. Their commitment stems from "belief in the FFA goals," Lukassen commented.

"We went through the program, my children went through the program," she said. "What a difference it makes. It opens so many doors in high school, college and in their chosen career. Students learn how to dress, how to act, how to meet people," she added.

The FFA Alumni and Supporters expect to raise between $4,000 to $5,000 from the pork feed and the silent article auction. Items for the silent auction were donated. Items this year included a fire pit, tools, feed, homemade pies, gift certificates and a variety of other items.

Amber Wilke heaped praise on the Kimball businesses and supporters.

She said, "They have always supported the FFA Alumni, wholeheartedly, and we thank them for that." The money raised by the alumni is earmarked for the Washington Leadership Conference and senior scholarships.

The FFA Alumni also sponsors a Progress Show in June with competitors from the tri-state region.

Following the feed, 26 FFA students were auctioned off for eight hours of labor per student. The Labor Auction raises money for the operation of the Kimball FFA Chapter.

In a heartwarming moment, two students, Ethan Greenwood and Bailie Brower, made metal projects that were auctioned off with proceeds dedicated to the FFA Foundation. Those two items were auctioned off for $1000 for the Nebraska FFA Foundation Storm Relief Fund. This fund was established to provide resources to Nebraska FFA members and chapters in the communities affected by the devastating floods and blizzards.

 

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