Faithful community and student participation in the annual Adair, Oklahoma FFA labor auction resulted in a four-year average of a quarter of a million dollars and nearly 6,000 hours of community service.
Ag teachers Devin Delozier and Shane Johnson believe the community support is a long tradition for the program, and one they hope to see continue.
“That quarter of a million figure is just amazing to me,” Johnson said. “We are blessed to have a tradition of strong community supporters that believe in our program.”
Almost 500 people attended this year’s labor auction, bidding on 72 lots of students and raising over $60,000 for the chapter. Along with a pork barbecue dinner, the community came out for the eight hours of labor and a silent auction brining in an additional $3,000.
The money makes a big difference for the 143 members of the FFA chapter and is well worth a few sacrificed hours of their spring break.
“This event basically funds our entire chapter,” Johnson said. “We have a few smaller fundraisers but the labor auction is what allows us to travel and 100 percent of our ag department enrolled as FFA members.”
Over the past few years, the labor auction money has brought significant improvements to Adair FFA. A new livestock facility, trucks for traveling, hotel rooms and meals are all available to the chapter courtesy of generous community support.
We’re fortunate that we can afford to pay for hotel rooms and meals while traveling for all of our students,” Johnson said. “It makes all the difference for our students.”
The livestock facility has made a special impact this year, giving Adair a place to host their own show and to work with their livestock show projects. At this past year’s county fair Adair FFA had 75 show animal projects with 93 kids showing livestock at the county show and 77 percent of those projects made the sale or premium auction.
The community aspect runs strong in Mayes county, not only with students and local businesses, but with the Ag teachers as well.
“The unique thing about this county we are in is the ag teachers that are teaching here are all from this county originally,” Johnson said. “This is a very blessed place.” £