LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014/87th National FFA Convention & Expo) The Altha Middle FFA Chapter in Florida was named Outstanding Middle School winner at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The nation’s top five three-star chapters in the division competed for the award. Altha Middle FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention’s second general session on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Members of the Altha Middle FFA hosted a career day to inform students about agriculture. Along with posting flyers around the campus, students dressed as agriculturalists on career day. To help out in the community, the members worked to create a paper recycling program in the school. Recycling containers were placed in key areas and emptied by members once a month. By the end of nine weeks, the chapter had recycled more than 200 pounds of paper.

The Outstanding Middle School Award, along with all National Chapter awards, is sponsored by John Deere. It is one of the many ways FFA members accomplish the FFA mission and succeed in making a difference in their communities and the lives of others.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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