Living to Serve

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE News/Science/Tech Editor

The big red barn adjacent to Trumbull High School is much more than just cows, plows, and sows, contrary to some beliefs. The Agriscience program offers much more.

With the installation of a new officer team in May, the slate of student representatives had a new goal in mind: community service. The FFA is an organization based upon not only fostering leadership skills and student growth, but encouraging community development and service activities. The FFA motto, which all Agriscience students learn in their freshman year reads: Learning To Do, Doing To Learn, Earning To Live, and Living To Serve. Students and staff alike work to live up to this motto.

With the FFA motto in mind, the officer team set out to plan and implement new activities for the student body with a focus on serving Trumbull’s local community and giving back to those in need. The officer team began planning in July, well before the school year had even begun.

The first event was the Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Trumbull Food Pantry. Beginning on November 14th and running until Friday the 22nd, the student body was asked to bring in nonperishable food items that the pantry was currently in need of.

The drive was an overwhelming success. The students brought it countless donations of everything from canned goods to personal care and hygiene items. The students managed to collect three large shopping carts of food that were dropped off at the pantry on December 2nd.
Junior Rebecca Abirached, who is also serving at this year’s Chapter Historian, was a large contributor to the food drive. Her and her family generously donated several boxes of food. Rebecca said, “My parents run a local store in our neighborhood so we definitely wanted to help and donate more for the food drive!”

For the upcoming holiday season, the team is working to organize a toy drive to benefit the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be collected at Agriscience from December 9th through the 20th at the designated donation boxes located near the main entrance. The toy closet is encouraging donations for all ages, from teething rings to craft kits. All Trumbull High students are encouraged to donate.

Junior Dominick Lombardi and current Chapter Treasurer, who is spearheading this drive said, “It is my hope that this toy drive will allow Agriscience students to help our community and reach out in new ways.” With the help of our student body during this holiday season, this community service activity will be as successful as the food drive!

With these new events during this holiday season, the officer team is working to instill a sense of community service within the Agriscience students and stay true to the true values of the FFA.

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