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By Olivia Sholar, West Bladen High School FFA Secretary

West Bladen High School’s 2018-2019 FFA officers participated in officer training camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7 and 8, 2018. The first day was spent focused on discussion of the upcoming year for the club. Teams designed t-shirts for the club members and practiced team building skills to form strong interpersonal relationships. The officers also studied their FFA Constitution and plan to make changes in the future with the members’ input guiding the decisions. On the second day, the officers visited the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill to bake cookies for its residents.

The staff were very kind and helpful in assisting the officers with their project. Half of the officers baked iced sugar cookies made with gluten free flour in one kitchen, and the other half baked chocolate chip cookies in the other. The gluten free group included Nathan Brisson, Madison Cain, Dylan Dove, Amelia Harris, and Olivia Sholar. The group had lots of fun baking the cookies and icing them with fun designs to bring lots of joy to the residents at the Ronald McDonald House. Noah Bryan, Madison Bullard, Kacy Gunter, Callie Lewis, Richard Lewis, McKenzie Morris, and Abbey Young were in the chocolate chip cookie group. Several batches of cookies were made and sealed in small bags with labels and heartwarming messages written across them.

In appreciation of the FFA Officers’ community service, the owner of the Elizabethtown and other area McDonald’s restaurants, Rust Enterprises, provided the attending West Bladen FFA Officers with gift certificates for a free McDonald’s meal. Both the officers and advisors had a great time baking at the Ronald McDonald House. With the new school year almost here, the officers are looking forward to improving participation within their community and having a terrific year along with the FFA members at West Bladen.

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