The Liberty County High School FFA chapter has received a Living to Serve Grant to help fund one of its community service projects.
“FFA members from across the nation participate in annual community service projects,” LCHS teacher Dr. Madie Orange said. “It’s not every day that a chapter receives money to help further those great intentions, however, that’s exactly what happened again.”
Last year, LCHS FFA applied for and received $1,200 to further its school-wide recycling program.
This year, the chapter applied for the Living to Serve Grant to create emergency preparedness kits and again, the application was approved, Orange said.
Liberty County is one of two FFA chapters in the state to receive the Living to Serve Grant this school year.
“Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that challenges students to research, develop and implement solutions to identified needs in their school or community,” Orange said. “Project topics that are eligible for this grant include, but are not limited to: wildlife conservation, land preservation, environmental education and stewardship, recycling and composting, bee health, holding mock emergency drills and creating emergency preparedness kits.”
The grant money that LCHS FFA received this year is being used to buy the materials for 60 Go Bags. The bags will include first aid kits, water-safe tablets, a hand-crank radio/flashlight/USB charger, a fire blanket and waterproof containers. The students are hosting a drive at LCHS Aug. 22-26 to collect bookbags for the bags themselves.
The Go Bags will be stored at the school in case there is an emergency here or anywhere in the Southeast. Bottled water and easy-open food items can easily be added to the bags when/if they are needed.
The Living to Serve: Environmental and Emergency Preparedness Grants are sponsored by CSX as a project of the National FFA Foundation.
The FFA is a national organization. The Georgia FFA Association is the 3rd largest state association with more than 36,000 members in 280 chapters. For more information about FFA, log on to www.ffa.org.