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  LIVING TO SERVE SHINES THROUGH AT DAY OF SERVICE
 
By: Hannah Chute, Caney Creek FFA
July 11, 2012

 
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The sky was grey and gloomy on Monday morning, but the smiles were bright as over 350 FFA members picked up trash along Padre Balli Park. Mother daughter team Liz and Hannah Treptow of Weimar, Texas, have been planning service projects in conjunction with the Texas FFA state convention for five years.

“We want to give back to each community convention is held at,” Hannah said while passing out yellow trash collection bags to a steady stream of volunteers. What began five years ago as a group of 48 volunteering at a warehouse evolved into a total of 650 members cleaning the beach over a span of two days.

“We are community service focused,” Hannah’s mother, Liz added. She went on to explain how talk of service needs to be followed by action. “As ag teachers, we have to model that behavior of service.” She glanced down the beach full of volunteers and reflected, “FFA is known for its leaders. We need to be servant leaders.”

FFA members participating in the event also share the same feeling of servitude as the Treptows. “We spend a lot of time in this town. We should give something back to it,” Keenan Veillon of Whitehouse FFA, said.

“If we don’t start service as teenagers, when will we?” stated Tatum Gavin of Friendswood FFA.

Cody Mccasland of Canyon Lake FFA agreed, “We were put on this earth to serve.”

Leaving the beach a little better than when they had found it, members from across the state got a little taste of what living to serve means.
 
 
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