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  ALC Service Projects
By: Vicky Gallaher
Monday, July 30, 2012
     

As FFA members, we all know the part of the FFA creed that says, “I can exert an influence on my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task." 

Through various service projects each week, that is exactly what Arkansas FFA members did at this summer’s Arkansas Leadership Conference. 

During the three ALC weeks, members went to a local nursing home in Hot Springs to sing to the residents and strike up conversations. Some members even painted the ladies’ fingernails. The members will never forget the impact all the residents made on their lives and the knowledge gained about past generations. 

Several members went to the Boys and Girls Club of Hot Springs. While there, they played games with the kids. Some of the games included X Box games, coloring and basketball. The kids, along with the FFA members, enjoyed their time at the Boys and Girls Club of Hot Springs. 

Another stop for one group of Arkansas FFA members was to the Brawley Community Cemetery to rake leaves and clean up the headstones to help make the cemetery look better for the community.

During all three weeks, groups of FFA members went to First Step School in Hot Springs, which is a school for persons with disabilities. At First Step, members helped move gravel from a playground that is being remodeled and washed and detailed vans and busses for the school.

Additionally, a group of members stopped by the Salvation Army store and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Hot Springs to help with sorting items and doing general work around the offices.

The members who did not venture out into the community stayed at Camp Couchdale and worked to make camp better for all members. These members put tables together for the pavilion and made placemats that were given to Arkansas Children's Hospital patients.

During ALC, members dug deeper into our creed and analyzed what it means to them. On service project day, they truly experienced what E. M. Tiffany meant, “to exert an influence on our home and community.”

 
 
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