The Aurora FFA chapter has been awarded a Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant in the amount of $1,200. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support semester-long service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement during the fall semester.

Aurora FFA plans to help address being environmentally responsible at the high school by implementing a recycling program. FFA members will put tubs in classrooms and then will gather the paper each week, weigh it, and take it to the local recycling center.

The chapter's ultimate goal is to serve as a role model for recycling and educating on how it can help in the community. Leaders also hope FFA members will realize the importance of being environmentally responsible and continue to recycle even after they graduate.

The Aurora FFA would like to take this program into local businesses, as well.

"The more we can educate community members the better our environment will be, as every 2,000 pounds of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water," said Aurora FFA advisor Sam Percival. "This represents a 64 percent energy savings, a 58 percent water savings and 60 pounds less of air pollution."

The program provided over $60,000 to FFA chapters in 19 states and Puerto Rico. Living to Serve Grants are sponsored by CoBank, CSX, Tractor Supply Company, Chevrolet, Cargill, Domino’s, Elanco and Sealed Air. For more information and a complete listing of sponsors, 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.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.