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The Paris FFA chapter in Paris, Texas, has been awarded a $2000 grant from the National FFA Organization’s Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program. The Paris chapter won the grant developing a year-long service-learning project to meet local environmental needs.
The Paris FFA project includes plans to increase the availability of information about medications and plastics polluting the environment, so that citizens can make educated decisions concerning the possible dangers to the environment and their health. Project CLEANSE shall highlight a safe and proper method of pharmaceutical disposal that may effectively decrease environmental pollution, and may reduce the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals. This is a permanent medication disposal unit located at the Paris Police Station. Furthermore, the project shall promote green awareness in the community, by encouraging citizens to rely less on the single use plastic water bottle and opt for reusable bottles. Used plastic water bottles and plastic bags will be collected and links with local businesses will be utilized to ensure proper recycling.
The project illustrates the final line of the FFA motto, which is Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve, by encouraging FFA members to unite in service within their communities. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants take community service one step further to service-learning, which provides a meaningful way to apply leadership and education skills learned in school and FFA.
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from corporate sponsors CSX and the Donaldson Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.