Tulare County Farm Bureau recently awarded the signature blue corduroy FFA uniform jacket to local students through their Blue Jacket Bonanza program launched last year. Farm Bureau's Education Committee announced the new program last fall made possible through generous donations to Tulare County Farm Bureau's Education and Scholarship Charitable Fund.
The Blue Jacket Bonanza program was developed to provide area students involved in FFA, who do not have the financial means, a chance to earn their own uniform jacket. To be granted a jacket the students completed an application process which entails a written essay, personal interview and community service.
The following students were awarded FFA jackets this past month: Catarina Alvarado of Monache FFA Chapter and two Exeter FFA students, Fallon Hammon and Veronica Huerta Marquez. These students have earned their very own FFA blue jacket, furnished by the Tulare County Farm Bureau, to wear at the various FFA activities they plan to take part in during their high school career.
"This program provides a way for Farm Bureau to make an investment in young people today, who are motivated and excited about furthering their education in agriculture thru their active involvement with Future Farmers of America. We are very pleased to see young people achieve their dreams thru the outstanding programs that FFA provides. The Blue Jacket Bonanza is just a small way Farm Bureau can help support students in pursuing excellence in agriculture," says Tricia Stever Blattler, executive director of the Farm Bureau.
FFA helps the next generation rise up to meet tomorrow's challenges. Its members explore their interests and develop their own unique skills and talents through FFA activities and career development events and competitions. By helping to prepare the leaders of tomorrow, Farm Bureau is guaranteeing a brighter future for all.
By making a financial contribution to the Blue Jacket Bonanza program you will be making a difference in the lives of many students. Contributions are tax deductible and may be made to the TCFB Education and Scholarship Fund, a 501c3 charitable trust. For more information contact the Farm Bureau at 732-8301.