Malta Bend VFW helps FFA send 49 boxes overseas

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Marshall FFA's third annual Veteran's Assembly was on Friday, Nov. 8. There were 35 veterans in attendance, along with the entire school student body. Each veteran was recognized by branch and name. When their name was called, they stood to be recognized and were each presented with a certificate of appreciation. Also during the assembly, FFA officers told of the history behind Veteran's Day and the importance is plays in our lives; while also providing historical data regarding each war the US has fought in.

In addition to having a successful assembly, the chapter also broke the record of the number of care packages collected during the Boxes for Soldiers project. A total of 49 boxes were collected and sent to soldiers serving overseas. These boxes included hygiene products, items to pass time, snacks, non-perishable foods, and letters from the Marshall FFA, as well as coloring pages from the veteran's coloring contest.

A special thanks to local patrons for monetary donations given to help with the expense of the postage. One group, Malta Bend VFW, donated $500 to help in this effort. Everyone's continued support is much appreciated.

Another special tradition during the week prior to Veteran's Day is the annual elementary coloring contest. The Marshall FFA sponsors the event providing prizes for the class, grade and overall winners while the SCCC Graphic Arts Class designs the coloring sheets for each grade level. After judging has occured, the sheets are hung on the SCCC walls for all to enjoy and are later sent in the care packages to soldiers as well as to the Veteran's hospital in Columbia, MO.