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Trees selling fast at FFA Christmas tree lot

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Live Christmas trees are selling fast at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Christmas tree lot. “We sold 18 trees yesterday,” Trevor Peterson, 17, said Tuesday. “We bought 72 trees this year.” Monday was the first day for the annual Christmas tree fundraiser at Lincoln High School benefitting the school’s FFA club, according to adviser Cassandra Walker. The club will sell trees in the woodshop parking lot at 7th and J streets from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until all the inventory is sold, Walker said. Types of trees sold are noble fir, grand fir, douglas fir and nordman fir. The fundraiser has taken place for the past 10 years, Walker said, and monies raised will go into the FFA account for various club activities. “It helps sponsor some of the FFA members if they want to go to leadership conference,” Walker said. “It’s also to keep the club going.” Money raised also helps buy food for monthly club barbecues and supplies for activities during National FFA week in February, Walker said. FFA is one component of the school’s agricultural program. “There’s three parts to every ag program. One is the classroom, one is projects outside of school and the third component is the club,” Walker said. “The biggest misconception is that it’s all about farming, which is not true. It’s a leadership program.” The club teaches leadership skills and other skills such as writing resumes and cover letters, writing formal thank-you letters, giving speeches and learning how to pay for college tuition and housing costs. “To me, it’s all about building their skills for the future, whether it is public speaking, responsibility and every aspect of leadership,” Walker said. Shannon Dudley, 17, said she likes “everything” about FFA but her favorite part is attending conferences. “They have a lot of guest speakers and they give a lot of leadership advice,” Dudley said. Cody MacCracken, 16, said he “likes learning more about FFA and the responsibilities FFA brings.” Peterson said he likes “the environment, people and teachers” of FFA. “It’s just a really fun organization and looks good on your college application,” Peterson said. “It helps me out because I’m able to talk in front of people. It gives us a head start in life.”