HOUSTON — FFA members from Covington, Houston, and Newton High Schools recently hosted the first “Cardboard City” in an effort to raise awareness for local individuals who are less fortunate in their communities.
Students challenged themselves to an overnight stay in the “Cardboard City” without electronics or other modern luxuries. This event was held at Willowbrook, a component of the Upper Valley Career Center.
At the beginning of the night students conducted their own “soup kitchen”, which was the only food they were allowed to have for the rest of the night. Officers from the participating chapters organized team-building and communication workshops to assist students in developing their leadership potentials. This also allowed FFA members to network with students from neighboring chapters. In the closing hours of the event, members participated in small group discussions to reflect on their experiences and brainstorm future means for assisting the needy in their communities.
In the weeks leading up to the event, chapter officers spent time planning and organizing the project and conducted a food drive to raise supplies for local food pantries. Over 750 food items were donated by FFA members.
“All three officer teams really took charge and did an outstanding job planning this event. It was an eye opening experience for all involved and will hopefully be an event we continue in years to come,” stated Derek McCracken, Houston FFA Advisor.
For more information about Houston FFA, view the chapter website at houstonffa.theaet.com.