Helping Hands Supporters:
Kenyon Noble, Five Valleys Land Trust, Farmers State Bank, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Darell & Tammy Luther, Pat & Darcy Street, David Wichman, Rickey & Deb Arnold, and Tom & Carol Sparks
The Hinsdale high school recently added a superintendent house to the community this year. The school does not have the funds to provide landscaping around the new house. The objective of this project will be to improve the landscape around the new house. The members of the chapter will work with community members and FFA Alumni to complete the project. They also want to reduce soil erosion on the site of the house. Hinsdale FFA plans to have the project finished by the end of June – mid July.
The Gardiner FFA saw two needs in their community, 1) to reduce the amount of loose twine in the fields, 2) limit the twine that goes to landfills. The students are building the collecting bins out of angle iron and one ton feed sacks. Gardiner FFA’s goal is to recycle 40,000 pounds of relatively clean, used bailing twine from the local ranches. Once they collect the 40,000 pounds, a company out of Minnesota will drive to pick it up in Gardiner. They hope to have 40,000 pounds of twine collected in the next five years.
The Hysham FFA will be creating community planters to be distributed throughout the town. The members will be sanding benches and cleaning pots to start the project, they will then move on to purchasing flowers and potting soil. They will conclude with delivering the planters by the middle of summer.
The Cascade FFA was given grant money to provide raise garden areas around the Cascade Senior Center. This project was created to give the senior citizens the opportunity to look outside their home and enjoy colorful flowers to brighten their day. During the Cascade FFA’s officer retreat, the officers will build and install the raised gardens. They hope to have the project finished by the end of June.
The local post office contacted the Chinook FFA to create rock beds around the post office, which is in the center of the town. The members agreed to the project; they will create a bridge and lay a rock bed around the flagpole. The chapter is excited to show the town of Chinook that they truly care about the community and want to always make it better in whatever way they can.
Judith Gap FFA
Judith Gap used their funds to refurbish all of the electrical Christmas decoration that the city hangs on the main street through the town. The students will learn basic electrical skills to repair the decorations and replace the broken bulbs. The project will improve the look of the community.
Chinook FFA used the grant money to make 15 portable planters for community members to plant flowers, fruit, and vegetables. By doing this, the Chinook FFA promoted healthy diets and provided an area for community members to grow their own food.