January 10, 2020
By: Kylie Byrne, Allentown FFA Chapter Reporter
November 2019 Update:
ALLENTOWN, NJ (MONMOUTH)–In November of 2019 the Allentown FFA members and officers participated in many events and held many fundraisers. This month our Citrus sale and Apparel sales came to an end, it was a big success and we would like to thank everyone who helped support us! On November 19th members and officers attended the Hamilton Grange to give a presentation. At this presentation we made an arrangement with the people who attended. At the same time as the Grange presentation, other members were helping out at the Allentown High School ́s National Honor Society induction by passing out programs to the people who attended.
On November 21st, we had three teams compete at Rutgers for our fall CDEs. The Land Judging team came in Second place overall and team member, Patrick McMahon came in first statewide. The Fruits and Vegetables identification team came in First overall and will be recognized this year at State Convention. The Milk Quality and Products team came in second place overall and team member, Connor Mcneill came in second statewide. All members had a great experience during these competitions and learned lots of valuable information.
November 21st at seven o’clock was also our monthly chapter meeting. We talked about all of the upcoming and past events and how members can become involved. After the meeting we had lots of food for our friendsgiving and also played a movie for the members. On November 25th and 26th members stayed after school to help construct floral arrangements for our annual Thanksgiving Floral Sale. Members had a great time constructing these arrangements and learned alot about floral design. Overall the sale did very well and we would like to thank everyone who supported us by purchasing one o these beautiful arrangements!
December 2019 Update:
In December of 2019 Allentown FFA participated in many fun events and held many fundraisers. This month we held our annual Poinsettia sale and Holiday Centerpiece Sale. Members stayed after school on December 16th and 17th to construct the holiday arrangements. The event was very enjoyable and members learned a lot about floral design. We would also like to thank everyone who helped support the Allentown FFA by purchasing a poinsettia or one of our holiday floral arrangements.
On December 6th some members attended Science Night Live at Newell Elementary School. A presentation was given to the students which taught them about the many different pigments within a leaf. The Students were able to do a fun activity to understand this topic and had the opportunity to interact with one of our bunnies, Snowball. December 19th was our monthly chapter meeting. We talked about the various past and upcoming events and afterwards we made graham cracker houses and an ugly sweater contest.
December 20th was the end of our annual Pet Supply Drive. Throughout the month buckets where placed at various locations around town and pet supplies for Popcorn Park Zoo where collected. After school members helped take all of the items to the Popcorn Park Zoo where they were collected to be used in the animal shelter. Members then had the opportunity to tour the animal shelter and the zoo. The collection was a huge success and the trip was a lot of fun.