Remember back a couple months ago when I got to speak to that group of FFA kids? And they were totally awesome and I was really excited? When I ended up being on their FFA Board – which is so much fun! Unfortunately because of my crazy schedule this time of year, I haven’t been able to be that active yet. All I can do is try my best to get some donations. You see, this little charter school wants to start their own school farm!!!! During a time when most schools are shutting down their agriculture programs, this one is trying to start one!!!! So if you have some extra money or farm equipment or anything to help won’t you consider helping them out? I’m attaching the letter they sent out to local business’s so you can see I am being totally serious. Please contact Ms. Anderson or myself if you want to donate. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Let me start by saying thank you for your time. The reason I am sending you this letter is to ask for your support and help. I am privileged with the opportunity to start a new FFA and Ag program at the CORE Butte Charter School in Chico. The Charter school allows students to have the opportunity to develop an education program that fits their learning style while having the time and flexibility to pursue those passions that interest them as well. With FFA and Ag being such a huge leadership and skills building opportunity, and the dynamics of the Charter school allowing student to get involved- blending the two is a phenomenal new precedent we are setting.
FFA is the Future Farmers of America. In FFA students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills which they can use for the rest of their lives no matter the career choice. Students have the opportunity to participate in events like job interview, public speaking, judging contests, and so much more. Students can also run for office, raise animals for fair, develop their own business through entrepreneurship- the possibilities are limitless. Developing a new program is exciting and challenging. Based on the nature of CORE being a charter school we do not qualify for state funding. Which is where YOU come in!
We are looking for companies and businesses to support our program and grant these students this tremendous opportunity. We have been fortunate to acquire a school farm and are now in the process of building it. Building a farm from the ground up is an exciting and huge task. We are asking for donations and support to our farm in any way possible. Whether it be gravel for our road and ag complex, drip irrigation supplies, lumber for animal houses and planter boxes, soil for the planters, floral supplies, rubber mats for stalls, hoses, animal science supplies, etc. we are appreciative for any support we can receive.
Every bit of support is much appreciated. Your support will be used to develop and grow the Ag department and provide students this unique opportunity of “learning by doing”. Students have the opportunity to not only work out at the farm but experience ag in a hands on way. It is community supporters like yourself, which make the dreams and opportunities for students a reality. With your support, in return, we will add your name to our sponsor list on all event paraphernalia, our event banners that are displayed at fairs, community events, and FFA events, as well as to our website. Thanks you for considering and supporting our future agriculturalists and leaders of tomorrow.
Jessica Anderson FFA/Ag Advisor