FAIRMONT - For the first time in 26 years, Fairmont FFA students will participate in a tradition familiar within the organization. A corn drive.
It will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and involves students driving trucks and trailers out to local farmers, soliciting donations of corn or cash. The grain is then taken to an elevator and sold, with proceeds donated to a cause of the chapter's choosing.
Fairmont has chosen to split the proceeds, according to senior Pauli Anderson:?Half will be used to pay for a trip to the FFA National Convention. The other half will be donated to 65 Roses, a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research. The students choose 65 Roses in honor of one of their teachers, who has a child with the disease.
The National Convention takes place in Louisville, Ky., from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. Ten students from Fairmont will attend the event, which features speakers, a career and college expo, and entertainment.
Anderson said between 15 and 20 students will collect corn in the Fairmont and Granada areas on Saturday. Anderson hopes the group will raise at least $2,500.
"We are trying to start our FFA and building it stronger," she said. "Our elders have all bee in FFA around here, and we are finally getting it."
Farmers interested in donating can call FFA adviser Amber Siebert at (651)?470-9573.
Fairmont students will limit their drive to the areas noted in order not to compete with Truman or Martin County West FFA corn drives later this month.