Shanksville-Stonycreek establishes FFA chapter
After accepting its charter at the Pennsylvania FFA Mid-Winter Convention earlier this month, the Shanksville-Stonycreek FFA Chapter has joined the ranks of 12,930 FFA members across the state.
The Shanksville-Stonycreek School District has been working toward this goal for several years, after learning from students, parents and other community members of their interest in adding agricultural classes and an FFA chapter in the district.
“Based on community interest, combined with the opportunity to expand our instructional opportunities for our students, we are very proud to have a new Shanksville-Stonycreek chapter in the FFA program,” Superintendent Sam Romesberg said.
Although FFA is a national organization, chapters are chartered through their state organizations. To become approved as a new charter in Pennsylvania FFA, an agricultural education program must be in place in the school district. An application must be filed with chapter information, including a list of chapter officers and members, a calendar of activities, a proposed chapter constitution and bylaws, and a copy of school board minutes approving the chapter and agricultural education program. Dues must also be paid.
Congress passed a bill in 1950 granting FFA a federal charter. Congressional supporters at that time believed having a charter would give legal stability to the FFA, protect the name and emblem, and clarify the relationship between FFA and the Department of Education, according to the National FFA Organization’s website.
“Over the years, the federal charter has served to publicly tie FFA and school-based agricultural education to the national priority of maintaining a safe and abundant food supply while protecting our natural resources,” the website states.