Branchville FFA members (from left seated) Katy Thompson, Shannon Waltz, Benjamin Kinsey and John Ott with State Senator David Thomas (standing at left) and Branchville FFA Advisor M. Pat Black.
BRANCHVILLE FFA CHAPTER AWARDED PALMETTO PRIDE GRANT
COLUMBIA, SC….The Branchville High School FFA Chapter was recognized in Columbia, SC, on Wednesday, January 24, 2007, as a recipient of a $3050 Environmental Grant from the Palmetto Pride organization, according to John W. Parris, state director of public affairs with the SC FFA Association.
Representing the Branchville FFA Chapter at a luncheon meeting were FFA officers Benjamin Kinsey, John Ott, Shannon Waltz and Katy Thompson. Their advisor, M. Pat Black, Agricultural Education Science Instructor at Branchville High School, also attended.
The Palmetto Pride Challenge for the Environment Grant Program is designed to educate students and members of their community about the importance of keeping the landscape of the state clean and beautiful. The competitive grant recipients must develop and implement programs that will focus on anti-litter awareness and, ultimately, changing the behavior of those who create a litter problem.
“The Branchville FFA Chapter will use the funds to landscape the Branchville High School grounds and the town of Branchville in addition to promoting educational programs designed to encourage maintaining a clean and beautiful community,” Mr. Black said.
State Senator David Thomas of Greenville serves as chairman of the Palmetto Pride organization and Rick Cothran, an FFA Alumnus from Greenville, is the executive director.
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