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FFA chapter wraps up successful fruit sales (Hometown Press article)

posted Dec 14, 2017, 7:41 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

This fall, the L-S FFA Chapter continued its well-established fundraising tradition. Fruit sales are a highlight for many members because it’s a way to get out and talk to community members. The L-S FFA members practice speaking to customers and managing the money received. It’s also a friendly competition within the chapter to see who can raise the most money.

“The money raised during fruit sales is our operating budget for the year. Since we only really do one fundraiser, we need to raise enough money to buy meeting supplies, cover travel expenses for attending state and national FFA conventions, pay member registrations to other FFA events throughout the year, and provide scholarships to outgoing seniors,” said Brian Lowry, L-S FFA Advisor.

The 2017 top-selling sibling team was senior Brett Maasdam and junior Kaylee Maasdam. The second-place team was senior McKinley Conover and freshman Denali Conover. In third place was senior Haley Breeden and junior Ty Breeden. There were many other teams and individuals not too far behind. A total of 971 items were sold and the FFA made $1,185 more than last year.

The chapter works with Four Seasons Fundraising out of Norwalk. They sell fruit, meats, cheese, and candy. There have been other companies the L-S FFA has ordered through in the past, but they and their customers have been satisfied with Four Seasons Fundraising. Fruit arrived on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

“It was good to have sales increase a little from last year. This fundraiser is a good chance for students to learn problem-solving and develop skills needed to deal with customers. Since fruit is an imperfect, perishable product, there are almost always issues that need to be dealt with. This presents an excellent opportunity to learn,” said Lowry.