Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

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Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

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Article excerpt

Sandy, beef jerky sticks land the ever-popular Citrus Sale! These are just some of the ways ithat FFA Chapters across the nation raise money to fund intra-and extracurricular activities in their agriculture programs.

Growing up in a family of ag teachers has always meant being encouraged to sell, sell, sell! While these traditional sales have supported the demands of many student expectations, a slumping economy and limits on grant money means that the "fun" extras might require a creative new approach. Even though Grandma was always first in line to buy whatever I was selling, fundraising did and still does sometimes seem like a chore. The ultimate education-minded question is, "How can fundraising be less of a bother and more of a learning opportunity?"

The easiest way to make money is to sell customers what they want! FFA Advisors have an advantage because, with planning, we can incorporate sales into our classrooms while utilizing the FFA component of our curriculum. This also eliminates the age-old (and always inevitable) dilemma of a few members raising most of the money and all of the members benefitting from the profits. In Pennsylvania, this initiative has taken on several forms. And since agriculture is so diverse, the possibilities are endless!

Some success fu attempts at marrying fundraising to education include Horticulture classes assembling a timeline for a Spring Plant Sale, Ag Business classes marketing school sweatshirts they designe during Homecoming week, or a construction class building utility sheds to the customer's exact specifications. …

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