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FFA and Key Clubs Team Up for Ivy Hall

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FFA and Key Clubs Team Up for Ivy Hall

Heather Estep, Freelance Journalist

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The beginning of the last semester for two Elizabethton High School Clubs  began with one idea, the idea of service. Service to something larger than ourselves. The Elizabethton FFA Chapter and the Elizabethton Key Club came together to discuss on how they could serve our community. They decided on the local nursing home, Ivy Hall. The goal was to establish a way for the residents to care for plants and learn gardening skills. They quickly expanded the project to building raised beds that are wheel chair accessible and standing height so that the residents could enjoy gardening with ease. To fund this goal, they turned to the National FFA Organization’s Semester Long Living to Serve Grant. This grant provides funding to support various types of service projects through a competitive application process. 

 

Upon receiving the grant the Elizabethton Key Club and FFA Chapter got to work purchasing the materials, working with residents, choosing and planting plants for the upcoming spring. This grant went well beyond simply completing a checklist of actions it extended to members lives. Heather Estep (FFA member) stated that “Being awarded to such a great grant has changed my life for the better. I am now participating in more community involvement, helping with the elderly, and all in all being more grateful and helping the residents of Ivy Hall has made me feel closer to my community.” 

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