Sloan-Hendrix celebrated the 2013 National FFA Week during February 18-22.  FFA Week gives members a chance to educate the public about agriculture and the efforts of FFA.  The week featured games such as the hay toss, tug-a-war, and a scavenger hunt and dress-up days.  Other the events included a preschool-4th grade coloring contest and a petting zoo for the elementary and middle school students.  The FFA raised money as a community service project benefitting Heifer International.  Money was collected all week during the Kiss-A-Cow contest where votes were cast for a faculty member to kiss a bovine during an assembly on Friday by placing money in their jar.  The teacher with the most money “won.”  Sloan-Hendrix superintendent, Mitch Walton, emerged the victor and good naturedly puckered up for a good cause.  Funds were also collected during the annual Farm Hand Sale following the FFA cookout at noon on Friday.  FFA student’s services were auctioned to school patrons.  Individual FFA members typically brought around $40 for eight hours of pledged labor, however, the team of Dylan Lawrence, Hunter Yates, and Austin Morris brought in a whopping $295.  The total raised for Heifer International during the week was $2,364.  Heifer International is an Arkansas based non-profit organization that provides livestock to third world country farmers.  The assembly Friday afternoon ended the Sloan-Hendrix FFA Week observance.  Following the cow canoodling, the Green Hands (new FFA members) were welcomed into the organization in the traditional manner, which included dying a hand green, and having them compete in some less than dignified games.  The Green Hands participated enthusiastically and helped shine the SHHS spotlight on this terrific organization during FFA Week.

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