A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 14, 2010

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Miami Trace students, age 16 and older, were eligible to donate blood during the first annual blood drive of the school year, Sept. 27 at the Miami Trace High School fieldhouse.

Mr. Owens, the government teacher, promotes the event as a development of citizenship and cooperated with the Red Cross and the FFA in conducting the event.

The FFA will host this event three times this school year. A special recognition program was implemented to recognize students who donate blood three times within 365 days at FFA or community blood drives or who will donate a double red blood cell unit twice in the present school year. Red Cross cords will be awarded to seniors to wear at graduation if they meet the three-donation challenge.

The Red Cross is also offering a $250 scholarship to a senior because the Miami Trace High School chose to host three blood drives this year. Last year’s scholarship recipient was Brittany Griffith.

The September blood drive goal was 45 units and resulted in 47 total units.

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MILLERSBURG, OHIO — The West Holmes FFA chapter held its September meeting at Acres of Fun in Wooster, Ohio, Sept. 27.

The chapter talked about the upcoming fruit sale, Antique Festival Parade, the October meeting and specific committee responsibilities over the course of the year.

The chapter will donate $1,500 for FFA National Convention, meals and tours. The chapter will also have the annual fruit sale as a fundraiser.

The Greenhand lock-in Nov. 5 and Nov. 6. Greenhand initiation will be Nov. 8.

FFA members traveled to Berlin to join the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District, the Farm Service Agency and the Hiland FFA for a fifth-grade farm tour. Members served as group leaders, farm-safety presenters, Soil Sam presenters, photographers and helped with preparing lunch.

The next meeting is Oct. 25 at the Overholts.

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