NEWS

St. Amant FFA winds down a busy Fall Semester

Staff reports
The St. Amant FFA entered the Gonzales Christmas Parade to celebrate the Christmas season with “ringing cowbells.” The theme of this year 2010 Gonzales Christmas parade was “bells will be ringing.” Using this theme, they decided that this year Santa just may be coming to town on a tractor pulled by cows. Thus, “Cowbells will be ringing” was born as cowbells covered the float and makeshift sleigh. The creativity continued as the tractor and each cow was hand painted by an FFA member.

This past semester has been a whirlwind for St. Amant FFA as they hosted activities and fundraisers to not only benefit themselves as a chapter, but their community as well. This proved to be extremely productive and in the end, the members, alumni, and the people in the community were all satisfied with the outcome.

The FFA alumni hosted their annual chicken dinner sale in hopes to raise enough money for the members to attend the FFA National Convention. Many local businesses and Alumni members came together to make the dinner a huge success by selling over 1100 plates. In order to be qualified, each student wanting to attend the trip was required to sell a certain number of dinners to the public and meet other requirements.  Because these members were so dedicated to the FFA, each of them worked very hard to achieve their designated goal. In the end, their ambition paid off and nineteen students were eligible to attend the convention.

The FFA National Convention is held in Indianapolis, Indiana where over 50,000 FFA members from all over the country meet up to celebrate another year of accomplishments and hard work. The streets of Indianapolis are closed off and blue jackets fill up the area. This year, nineteen St. Amant jackets took part in the festivities. The students from the St. Amant FFA chapter spent the week attending inspirational sessions, an educational career show, and many other activities which brought them together. The chapter was also responsible for the Louisiana Hall of States Booth.  Members set up and worked the booth sharing Louisiana Agriculture with thousands of guests!  The convention is very inspirational to the members in helping them plan their future and teaching them to live each day of their life to the fullest.

With convention behind them, the activities continued the first week back home for the St. Amant FFA Chapter as they planned a community event called “Boo at the Barn”. This project required planning and hard work but it developed into a huge success.  Our construction classes built Trick or Treat houses while our Agriscience classes built all the games.  Many families came with their children where they were able to play games, trick or treat and interact with a variety of farm animals including pigs, cows, goats, horses, and rabbits. There was also a pumpkin patch for children to pick out their own pumpkin and decorate it.  Ultimately, all the children were happy and it was a treat for the FFA members as well. As one FFA member put it, “It was such hard work, but it was so much fun to see the little kids happy!”

December proved to be just as rewarding as they entered the Gonzales Christmas Parade to celebrate the Christmas season with “ringing cowbells.” Members worked long hours to make this float a success by using their creative ingenuity. The theme of this year 2010 Gonzales Christmas parade was “bells will be ringing.” Using this theme, they decided that this year Santa just may be coming to town on a tractor pulled by cows.  Thus, “Cowbells will be ringing” was born as cowbells covered the float and makeshift sleigh. The creativity continued as the tractor and each cow was hand painted by an FFA member.  The hard work certainly paid off as St. Amant FFA placed first in Civic/Religious Division of the parade. Christmas continued to be a busy season as they led a coat drive at school which collected over 100 coats that were donated to those in need.  $600 was also collected and donated to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Christmas Crusaders which went to purchase toys for children at Christmas time. A hand full of FFA members and Advisors took on the adventure of shopping for those children in need.  

After reflecting on how busy this semester was and the success that came with it, the FFA members were sad to see it end.  The satisfaction with the accomplishments will certainly help to bring in a fresh new year full of new ideas and activities. The St. Amant FFA Chapter would like to extend a special thanks to all of those Alumni members, community businesses, FFA members and parents that helped to make this semester a success!