Raising community support and awareness of an agricultural program and FFA chapter is a task Rider FFA is familiar with. Members of the Rider FFA chapter participated in the 13th annual City Lights Parade and the Haunted House in Wichita Falls.
This fall marked the second year for Rider FFA to be involved with the Haunted House.
“Having the FFA members participate in the Haunted House allowed them to raise funds while promoting awareness for their organization,” said Josh Higgins, secretary of the Rider Ag Backers.
FFA members assisted with the set up of the Haunted House, as well as scaring attendees.
“It’s a fun and entertaining experience,” said Rider FFA President Kristen Henry.
As Christmas neared, the parents, teachers and supporters worked together to build the first Rider FFA float. Students in the welding class at Rider High school built parts of the float, while other students assisted in construction and decoration centered on the theme, Christmas Around the World.
“The float served as a community awareness project to promote the FFA chapter,” explained Henry. “We learned a lot from each other through the diverse opinions and time spent together.”
Rider FFA was one of 110 entrants participating in the annual City Lights Parade hosted by Downtown Wichita Falls Development, Inc. An estimated 14,000 people attended the parade to enjoy the festivities and floats along the 14-block parade route.
“We hope to continue this activity and building these relationships in the future,” said Gary Cunningham, Rider High School agriculture science teacher.