Toyota helps grow Northeast FFA program | News
Northeast High School wants to grow its Future Farmers of America program, and over the past four years, Toyota stepped in to help.
"The kids get an opportunity over these four years to attend the Washington Leadership conference, go to national convention, state convention, really step up their participation and kind of open their eyes to what the world has to offer," says Toyota Vice President of Diversity.
The company gave the club money every year, but this is the last year of the partnership. As a parting gift, Toyota gave Northeast FFA a $10,000 check.
Club president and Northeast junior N'yira Renfroe says the group plans to use some of the money to open its own flower shop next fall.
"Our ag teacher is very good with flowers. Her whole thing is horticulture, and she taught us how to do corsages and boutineers and arrangements for different events, and I feel like this is a great way to sustain our FFA chapter," she says.
They've already started transforming a classroom into their shop and purchased a large sink and cooler for the flowers.
Toyota also partnered with Macon County High School and Northside High in Houston County.
A few weeks ago, the Northeast FFA club started its annual plant sale, open weekdays from 2 - 4:30 pm. The money raised goes toward supplies and other needs for the club.