|On Friday, March 16, seven Sloan-Hendrix FFA
members, accompanied by Mr. Wallis and Mr. Rorex,
presented Heifer International with a $2,000
check at the Heifer International Headquarters
in Little Rock. This is the third year
SHHS FFA has raised funds for Heifer
International during the annual FFA Week.
International is an Arkansas based
non-profit organization that provides livestock
to third world country farmers. According to
junior FFA member Eunita Ames, "This is a great
project that does an enormous amount of good
world wide. However, they are not just
overseas, but also in the United States, helping
to solve hunger issues here at home.
Heifer International is extremely conscious of
the problems of countries they enter. They
never go into a country where a war is going on
and have to be asked before bringing their
unique aid to the people of the country."
The students also toured the facilities
discovering that Heifer International
Headquarters was the first certified Platinum
Green building built in Arkansas. Platinum
Green buildings are designed to promote
environmentally friendly practices that increase
profitability while reducing the negative
environmental impacts of buildings and improving
occupant health and well-being. FFA member
Ashley Ward said, "They really practice what
they preach when it comes to sustainability.
At the Heifer International building, rainwater
is recycled for toilets, the building
practically heats itself from all the glass and
the way it was constructed, and they produce so
much electricity from their solar panels on the
roof, they sell the electricity for a profit."
Thanks to all who donated to this worthy