Noble FFA Chapter Wins Model of Innovation Honors at 2009 National ConventionFri, 23 Oct 2009 3:29:56 CDT
The Noble FFA Chapter of Noble, Oklahoma, was named the three Model of Innovation winner in Community Development at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
The nation's top 10 three-star gold chapters in the community development division competed for the award. Noble FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention's second general session on Thursday, Oct. 22. Top chapters were also selected from chapter and student development divisions.
Members of the Noble FFA made it possible for students with special needs to get the full FFA experience through their "SOULS - Special Olympics Universal Livestock Show." In cooperation with their school principal and the special needs teachers, Noble members sent invitations to students with special needs and arranged a complete livestock show for 11 students who would otherwise been unable to participate. In the process, chapter members made some new friends and increased awareness about the therapeutic aspects of animals and livestock. The chapter's members also participated in programs to promote environmental awareness around Arbor Day and agriculture awareness by having 75 percent of chapter members volunteer to help staff an agricultural education exhibit at the Oklahoma State Fair.
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