A Drive for Education and Agriclture
MORRISTOWN, Indiana – Fifteen antique tractors from John Deer to Allis-Chalmers lined the front parking lot of Morristown Jr-Sr. High School Saturday for first Morristown FFA Alumni tractor drive.
“Months of planning and organization lead up to the event,” said Morristown FFA Alumni President Kaitlin Nigh.
Around 9 a.m. the small, quiet town of Morristown came to life with the roars of tractor engines as community members, FFA Alumni and Morristown Jr.-Sr. High School students departed.
Nigh commented the drive was organized to have impact on the local FFA chapter and its members:
“… the hope is to get this established for years to come, the sponsorship money and the funds we raise here today will go right back into scholarships the alumni are sponsoring for FFA members.”
Drivers and their tractors departed Morristown Jr.-Sr. High School and drove through Hancock county’s countryside. In addition, several stops along the way, allowing drivers and their tractors to break for shade and lunch on a local farm, before returning back to Morristown.
The Morristown FFA Alumni partnered with many community businesses to help make the drive a successful one not only financially but physically. Donations of t-shirts and signage just to name a few.
The Morristown FFA Alumni is a part of the Indiana FFA and National FFA Organization’s Alumni affiliate. According to the National FFA Organization, FFA relies on alumni members for help with recruiting students and raising funds for chapter activities and scholarships. FFA Alumni also assist at FFA camps and conferences, the National FFA Convention & Expo and other personal development programs.
“Our hope (as an organization) is that these kids can see us working as a team, understand the importance that Alumni plays in the chapter and how we can all come together to promote agricultural education and FFA.” added Nigh.
When asked if they would continue the event Nigh added: “I would absolutely love to, it’s a lot of hard work and takes a lot of hard working people to pull this off, but I would love to see around for years to come.”
FFA members even showed up early for a quick photo that is to be featured in a local John Deere implements calendar.
The Morristown FFA Chapter is a part of the The National FFA Organization. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Morristown FFA Alumni
Tractor Drive Gallery
Photos courtsey of Morristown FFA Alumni
John Deere tractos line the parking lot of Morristown Jr.-Sr. High School in Morristown, Indiana. Morristown FFA Alumni hosted a Tractor Drive this past Saturday.
Interactive Map of Morristown, Indiana
Sights and Sounds
Morristown FFA Alumni President, Kaitlin Nigh