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Mrs. Meaghann Pridgeon
The Agricultural Science Education Program is built on the three core areas: Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, Supervised Agriculture Experience programs (SAE’s) and FFA student organization activities/opportunities i.e. Career Development Events (CDE’s), Leadership Development Events (LDE’s) and socials. Together these three components provide students with real life and relevant learning experiences as well as personal growth opportunities.
Classroom instruction uses traditional instruction methods, student demonstrations and discussions, Lab. activities and working at/on the agriculture land laboratory. Students are expected to participate in ALL class activities including traditional book work as well as hands on, get dirty work in the school land laboratory with school project and demonstration animals. Classroom instruction is further enhanced by students SAE projects that they can do at home as well as at school. Students select projects in their area(s) of interest and through their projects students increase their knowledge, their abilities, and gain valuable employability skills.
FFA is part of the curriculum for agriculture education. FFA offers learning opportunities in the areas of teamwork, leadership, community service, and life lessons that change students’ lives and prepares them for life. The 3 main points of the FFA mission statement are: 1) premier leadership, 2) personal growth, and 3) career success. Founded in 1928, FFA is the largest student organization in the world. FFA uses agriculture education to create real world success for its members. The motto of the FFA is: LEARNING TO DO, DOING TO LEARN, EARNING TO LIVE, LIVING TO SERVE.
FFA membership is highly encouraged for all agriculture students as it is an integral part of the curriculum (approximately 1/3 of curriculum). Students will receive a heavy dose of what the Dunnellon Middle FFA has to offer whether they are members or not however unless official membership is made they will not be allowed to compete on teams or as individuals and see what the state and national levels of this student organization has to offer (Including scholarships, state and/or national championships, state and/or national officer selections, etc.) In short FFA membership allows students to expand their horizons, meet new people, and receive the full benefit of the agriculture education experience.