This time of year it is easy to forget about some of the things that make being an ag teacher great. Between applications for degrees and proficiencies to CASE grants to trying to re-work lesson plans due to snow days, its a rough time for us. I know that I am guilty of focusing on the negative of everything I need to get done and less on the positive of how lucky I am to have a job that I love. FFA Week caused me to take a step back and "smell the roses" and appreciate all of the wonderful perks of being an ag teacher and FFA advisor. Below are some of my favorite "roses" growing in my ag teaching garden.
Promising new members who make the future of FFA look bright.
The middle school Discovery Degree recipients at our annual Discovery and Greenhand Degree Banquet.
The freshmen Greenhand Degree recipients at our annual Discovery and Greenhand Degree Banquet.
Great community and FFA Alumni support of the chapter and program.
We packed the cafeteria with nearly 90 guests for our banquet. The FFA Alumni and parents set and cleaned up and provided all of the food. Talk about amazing supporters!
Administrators and co-workers who are behind the program 100% and who are committed to it's success.
Our superintendent trying his hand at milking the cow SHR style.
An amazing officer team.
Members who want to improve their leadership skills and represent their chapter with pride.
Members who truly love FFA and embrace the FFA spirit.
Thoughtful fellow owls.
Some legitimate roses (and other flowers) that served as our banquet centerpieces.
The power of the blue and gold and it's ability to unite students.
Hope everyone had an enjoyable and fun FFA Week! Try to find some time to "smell the roses" of your own program and appreciate the little things that make what we do the best job in the world.