The Gustine FFA chapter is ready to take on the new school year, and initiate its new members.
On Aug. 7-8, the chapter had a booth at the Gustine High School Roundup. The FFA officers ran the booth, introducing the program to the freshmen and discussing the concerns and questions parents and students may have about the program. From the showing of animals to the simple accomplishment of learning new skills in an ag class, the FFA program has something to offer for everyone.
Mrs. Thommen, the ag department’s floral and intro to ag teacher had this to say about the new year, “The beginning of a new school year is a very exciting time to meet new students and work with FFA members to help them reach their potential! I am looking forward to a great year ahead inside and out of the classroom!” The booth at round up was decorated with a corduroy blanket, a poster displaying all the activities the program offers and a scrapbook featuring last year’s activities. Members crowded around to reminisce about last year and find themselves in the scrapbook. The coming school year should be very memorable at Gustine High, and Gustine FFA is happy to be a part of it with all the new and returning members.
In addition to roundup, the chapter officers went on their annual retreat that weekend. The purpose of the trip is to forge lasting bonds in the short time we have and to plan out the entire FFA year. On Friday the team drove up to Bass Lake, where officers stayed at a cabin. From there the team took a boat on the lake and had a fun day out on the water. The day wasn’t all fun and games though, as the team planned out all the FFA events.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Gustine High School held its first day of 2019-20 school year. The FFA officers greeted the returning and new students as they arrived, introducing themselves and extending a warm welcome. The ag teachers introduced their new students to the FFA program and the new classes. The ag leadership class is now working hard to come up with new ideas to make the meetings more appealing and welcoming with new activities. The first Ag Booster and FFA meeting of the school year was held Aug. 28, and included a barbecue and a cornhole tournament.