Suring FFA landscapes around library

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The Suring FFA Chapter redesigned the landscaping near the Suring Area Public Library with 50 new plants, using a $1,200 Semester-Long Living to Serve grant. From left, Jesus Nieto, Caleb Dekeyser, Colton Peters, Emilee Tachick, Trinity Remic, Megan Wagner, River Flynn, Dalton Fidler, Mackenzie Bailey, Kaylee Otradovec, Neveah Bender, Passion Helsinger, Moriah Stage and Brandon Lealion. (Contributed photo)

The Suring FFA chapter was awarded a $1,200 Living to Serve grant under a nationwide program that supports semester-long service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement.

The Suring chapter aimed to address the need for main street beautification and increase pollinator plant population by designing and landscaping the area near the village library.

The students presented landscape designs to the village council during their monthly village meetings. After final approval, the students removed the old landscape and created a new one. A total of 50 plants were planted representing 18 different types of plants. Many of the plants are pollinator plants. Eleven yards of mulch were used to complete the design.

Last year, the National FFA Organization’s Living to Serve platform provided nearly $500,000 to FFA chapters in 45 states and Puerto Rico. For information, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.