Kiss the cow: South Rowan celebrates FFA week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2016

By Elizabeth Villeneuve

South Rowan FFA Reporter

The South Rowan Future Farmers of America (FFA) celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 22-26. This is a nationwide celebration to spread knowledge and awareness of agriculture and FFA.

During the week-long celebration, South Rowan FFA officers planned dress up days and conducted events during lunch every day. Dress up days included: Blue & Gold Day, John Deere Day, Plaid Day, Camo Day and FFA T-Shirt Day. Lunchtime activities revolved around agriculture and FFA knowledge, promotion of agriculture and FFA and use of agricultural tools or products.

The highlight of the week was a Kiss the Cow event. Four staff members were selected at the beginning of the week to participate in Kiss the Cow. Each staff member had a cow jug with their name on it and students were encouraged to donate money during the week to the staff member they wanted to see kiss the cow on the last day of festivities.

At the final count, Assistant Principal Jonathan Farmer and Head Football Coach Daniel Yow were tied with the most money in their cow jugs. Maybelle, a Jersey dairy heifer raised on the South Rowan FFA land laboratory, was brought into the school courtyard for kissing. The student body of South Rowan all watched as Farmer and Yow kissed Maybelle.

A total of $150.93 was raised during the Kiss the Cow event, and the money was donated to the charity chosen by each winner. Half of the money was donated to Susan G. Komen For the Cure and the other half was donated to Main Street Mission in China Grove.

The South Rowan FFA has 221 members this school year. FFA Advisors are Laura Allen and David Overcash.