School Name and Chapter Name: Granton FFA Chapter, Granton High School.
Adviser: Katie Reider.
Courses offered: Sixth-, Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Ag; Landscaping; Ag Business; Feeding America; Food Science; Small Animal Care; Forestry; Advanced Forestry; Personal Leadership; General Horticulture; Ornamental Horticulture; Fish, Forest and Wildlife; Aquaculture; and Going Green.
Chapter officers: President, Kayla Johnson; Vice President of Student and Chapter Development, Jillian Tyler; Vice President of Community Development, Dillon Muraski; Secretary, Jaden Gardner; Treasurer, Cassidie Pongratz; Reporter, Rhiannon Reimer; and Sentinel, Alejandro Mendoza.
How many members do you have in your chapter and what year was it established? The chapter has 74 members out of 109 students in the school, and it was established in 1941.
What are some chapter highlights (activities, membership, awards)? Every student enrolled in an agriculture class can join FFA. The chapter strives to provide multiple activities throughout the year for members to become involved in. The chapter received a $500 Wisconsin FFA Community Service Grant to continue its service at Hope Lodge in Marshfield, which is a favorite activity for many members. They also recently sponsored Christmas gifts for six children in Clark County through the Christmas Angel Project and packaged meals for 110 families in the county.
What are some recent accomplishments? The chapter took 28 members to the Section 7 Sectional Leadership Workshop, where they won the Spirit Award. They also just finished their fruit and nut sale, in which they sold more than $10,000 worth of product.
What are your chapter plans or goals for the year? The chapter’s main goal regarding community service was to serve dinner at Hope Lodge once a month and to donate supplies to the organization. They also set a goal to host an incentive trip for members who attend two community service events and participate in one speaking contest or Career Development Event during the year.
What activities have you done within your school to promote FFA, agriculture and leadership? The chapter hangs “Potty Press” in the halls and bathrooms at school to keep students informed of upcoming events in the chapter. They also host an Ag Olympics in which students enrolled in ag classes can compete in various games to win prizes; they use this as an activity to kick off the start of the school year and get students excited about class and FFA. During National FFA Week, the chapter reminds the school of FFA opportunities by hosting dress-up days and lunchtime activities. Lunchtime activities are a competition between each class and include the egg drop and ladder human sundae.
How does your FFA chapter impact the community? The chapter makes an impact on the community by maintaining a positive image. They serve the community by organizing children’s games at the Granton Fall Festival and donating fruit to families through Project Merry Christmas. Showing the community that the FFA cares brings a positive light to the chapter and allows FFA members to give back to those who have supported them.
Tell us something that’s unique about your FFA chapter: The school offers several resources for hands-on learning, including a bulk tank for raising tilapia, greenhouse, community garden, school forest, outdoor classroom and orchard. These also provide Supervised Agricultural Experience programs for students and FFA members.