Fundraiser to help students attend national conference

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cassville High School FFA members will offer a baked potato bar and chili supper in the high school commons area from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Proceeds from the event will be used for the trip to the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in June.

"WLC is a great opportunity for students to learn valuable leadership skills, learn more about serving their community and see the nation's capital," said Kelin Kruse, CHS FFA advisor. "These FFA members will be able to come back to Barry County and use what they learn in a positive way to serve the community."

Each year, FFA members from across the nation travel to Washington, D.C., to attend WLC, a five-day event that teaches students how to become effective leaders. Students learn about purpose, the value of people, taking action and serving others. Students leave WLC with the knowledge and confidence to act in ways that benefit their schools, communities and country.

In addition to taking part in leadership workshops and touring Washington, D.C., students participate in a day of service where they pack meals for underprivileged individuals living in the national capital.

"Students use some of their own money to pay for the trip, along with fundraisers like the chili supper and baked potato bar, and we will have a community wide picnic in April," said Kruse. "The CHS FFA Booster Club will also be helping students pay for part of the costs.

"This is a great opportunity for community members to attend and have some great food for a good cause," added Kruse.

All area community members are invited to attend the fundraiser. Adult meals will cost $6 each, and children 10 and under can eat for $4 each.

For more information, call FFA advisors Jimmy Hinson or Kelin Kruse at 847-3137 or email or

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