Our first project this year in Agriculture Science I will be memorizing the FFA Creed. Your student has been learning about what Agriculture is, and we are now moving to a lesson on Leadership and FFA. The FFA Creed is a five paragraph creed that was written in 1930 by E. M. Tiffany. Each student is required to recite the creed in front of the class. The students will have until December 3rd, 2010 to complete this assignment. Each Friday, we will take the time to see if anyone would like to recite the creed in front of the class. By reciting the creed in front of the class, they will be working on their speaking skills as well as meeting a requirement that the National FFA has set as a standard for Agriculture Science 1 classes. Public speaking is a scary thing for many people, so we are going to discuss some things they can do to help overcome the fear of speaking to a group of people. This assignment is worth 200 points and is a major part of their grade this semester. Thank you for your assistance in monitoring your son/daughters educational process in my class. Without the watchful eye and guidance of quality parents/guardians like yourselves our children could not be a great success story in the game of life. The assignment will not be graded/scored unless this form has be signed and returned to Mrs. Payton by September 30th, 2010.
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.
The mission of the Blue Springs School District is to create an educational community in which each individual acquires knowledge, develops skills, and functions as a literate citizen to achieve personal goals.