An important week for the Delavan-Darien FFA, along with thousands of FFA chapters across America, started Feb. 21.
That was the first day of National FFA Week, which is dedicated to honoring and spreading the word about agriculture and FFA.
This year, the Delavan- Darien FFA spread the word about its agricultural leadership organization through games and activities during lunch that involved the student body and enhanced students’ knowledge of agriculture and FFA.
Those activities included sack races, pin the tie on the Advisor, and a milk chugging contest.
Another part of life that FFA develops is community service. This year, as with others in the past, the Delavan-Darien FFA hosted a food drive for the local food pantries. The food drive became a competition between homerooms with Ms. Karen Combs taking the lead over Ms. Trina Portugal’s homeroom by only eight items.
But the FFA didn’t leave it at that. The Delavan-Darien FFA also began a ‘Kiss the Pig’ contest, which involved four jars, each one with a picture of an administrator’s face glued to it.
During the lunch hour, students could put coins or bills in jars for Principal Mark Schmitt, Associate Principal Ramon Reyes, Associate Principal Jen Peapke or Athletics Director/Associate Principal Wayne Fell. Whoever’s jar had the most would have to kiss one of the piglets the students in the agriculture classes are raising.
All week, Mr. Reyes was winning until the very last minute, when Ms. Paepke snuck ahead to “bring home the bacon.” There was more than $30 in all the jars. (We have unconfirmed reports that Mr. Reyes stuffed Paepke’s jar with a few of his own dollars to ensure his colleague would be the “lucky” one chosen to kiss the pig.)
The money raised throughout the week also went to benefit the local food pantries.