Sullivan FFA Chapter receives Grants for Growing funding from National
The Sullivan FFA Chapter has been awarded $3,093 as part of the Grants for Growing program. The nationwide program, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, provides grant funds to local FFA chapters to support the development or improvement of agricultural education projects that enhance the classroom experiences for students through chapter
Sullivan FFA members are using the funds in a partnership with the Southwest School Corp. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. The funds have been used, with the help of KTI Inc., to create a concrete base and drain for a greenhouse on the west side of Sullivan Middle School. The greenhouse will be placed on the base and will be used for STEM and agriculture classes at SMS and Sullivan Elementary School. Along with the greenhouse, Grants for Growing funds will also be used to complete the construction of a composting system. Students in Kevin Cross’s Sustainable Energy Alternatives course will be building a composter and recycling vegetable food scraps.
Throughout the Grants for Growing process, Sullivan FFA members have developed a strong working relationship with the TSC store in Terre Haute. The program provided approximately $907,000 to FFA chapters in 49 states. Funding is provided through consumer donations made during checkout at a Tractor Supply Company store by purchasing a $1 FFA Paper Emblem. The fundraising period aligns with National FFA Week in February.