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FFA presents program to 4th grade

Members of the Meyersdale FFA Chapter spent February 22 teaching fourth grade students about food as part of the national FFA Food for America program. This educational program focuses on agricultural literacy and provides an outreach opportunity for FFA members.


According to chapter advisor, Doreen Jamison, the MAHS FFA has been participating in this program for more than 10 years.


Mrs. Cay Helinski, fourth grade teacher, said the goal of the program is to show students the origination of the foods they eat.


“FFA students plan and present lessons on the steps our food products go through to get to our table; the numerous jobs our food needs create; and the many products that come from corn, potatoes, apples, and milk,” explained Helinski.


Helinski said the students seem to enjoy the lessons and appreciate the causal learning environment that involves games, puzzles, and projects.  


“The younger students enjoy the interaction with the older kids and the older kids get good experience as leaders and presenters,” Helinski added.  


Meyersdale FFA Chapter President said members look forward to this event and enjoy sharing their experiences with the younger students.

“Food for America is such a great way for the younger kids in the school to learn that their food just doesn't come from a grocery store, it is so much more than that,” Glass explained.