Author: Nick Thompson
In an effort to make a difference in their community, the students of the Charlotte FFA devised a plan to promote school spirit, community involvement, and good food to raise money for the Charlotte Relay for Life Campaign.
Students of all grades enrolled in the Leadership in Agriscience course at Charlotte High School planned, managed and completed all aspects of the first ever “Hungry for Hope” cookout held Friday, October 1st before the homecoming football game.
The students prepared and served hamburgers, hot dogs potato salad, chips baked beans and dessert in exchange for a suggested five dollar donation for anyone who was willing to support the cause. All proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society upon completion of the event.
The idea began a year ago, when the FFA chapter held a cookout to celebrate 80 years of FFA in the Charlotte community. Many attendees were former students, teachers, and alumni who have been influential in the agriculture community in Eaton County for the past decade. The students and community enjoyed the cook out so much that many of them wished to see it every year. Students then began do discuss how they could use the cook out to make a difference in the community, and thus the idea of donations for Relay for Life began.
This year the FFA members served over 300 people, including the entire High School Teaching Staff, School Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hipskind, many school board members and community members. The community rallied behind the event in support with many donated items such as cookware, donated grills, and many desserts.
“It was exciting to see the support for such a great cause. Over 20 students helped plan the event, set up the tents, and helped prepare the food. It’s amazing to see students work hard to do great things for our community.” Said Nick Thompson, Agriscience Instructor and FFA Advisor for the Charlotte FFA.
The students hope to expand the event next year by gaining more support from local businesses to help offset the cost of the food that they prepared in form of donations. These businesses would then be recognized as sponsors of the event during the cook out as well as receiving recognition at the summer Relay for Life event held at the Charlotte High School Track in June.
Special thanks to Greenstone Farm Credit Services for their donation of all of the plates and napkins, the Charlotte Fire Department for the use of their tent, and all of the staff and maintenance department who worked with the students to make this event successful.
The Charlotte Agriscience Department consists of two teachers who teach coursework in Botany, Leadership, Veterinary Science, Wildlife and Natural Resources, and Zoology. Teachers Lorin Stewart and Nick Thompson also serve as the advisors for the FFA Chapter. For more information on participating or donating to next years cook out feel free to contact Nick Thompson at email@example.com
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.