The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 3, 2013

Drummond FFA receives grants to help with agriculture programs

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Drummond FFA recently was awarded three grants that will benefit the students enrolled in agricultural education and FFA.

The first grant was from the NRA Foundation and Friends of the NRA. Friends of NRA is a grassroots fundraising program designed to affirm and introduce the rights and privileges of lawful gun ownership to hometown America. Events provide participants an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of other shooting sports enthusiasts. Amongst the fun and fellowship, Friends of NRA banquets boil down to one goal — fundraising for the future of the shooting sports. Since its inception in 1992, Friends of NRA has held more than 12,000 events, reached more than two million attendees and raised more than $140 million for the NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The $4,800 grant will benefit the Drummond sporting clays team and archery team. The grant paid for three new bows and arrows, four shotguns, safety equipment, a security cabinet, shotgun shells, a clay target thrower, a gun vise and a maintenance center to keep the equipment in shape. Students who participate in these events won’t be burdened with any cost thanks to the NRA.

Drummond FFA was one of 20 chosen in the state to pilot a new program for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. The Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program is a program designed to provide a fun, safe environment for participating in shooting sports and reconnecting kids with the joy of being outdoors. The OKSSSP will raise awareness of conservation-related sports, promote safety and responsibility and raise self-esteem. The organization will have two trap shooting state contests this year Drummond students will participate in. This program will be similar to the archery in the schools program. Drummond received a clay pigeon thrower, a gun safe, 20 boxes of clay pigeons and safety equipment from the department to start this program.

The third grant was a CareerTech technology grant. New software for the plasma cam and four mig, tig and arc welding multi-process machines were purchased with this money. This new technology will benefit students enrolled in agricultural mechanics and other classes as well.

Drummond FFA was represented at the 41st annual Oklahoma FFA Alumni Leadership Camp at Tulakogee Conference Center on Fort Gibson Lake near Wagoner.

More than 1,500 FFA members from 275 Oklahoma FFA chapters were registered to attend one of four three-day sessions June 30-July 13. Attending from Drummond were Scott Rodenberg, Steffen Singleton, Bruce Manor and Caleb Earl.

This year’s camp engaged campers in fun-filled, action-packed activities focused on setting goals on both the personal and FFA chapter levels. Special presenters included motivational speakers Bill Cordes, Kansas; Josh Sundquist, Washington, D.C.; and veterinarian turned hypnotist, Dr. Al Snyder, Wisconsin.

The leadership camp is sponsored by Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association with financial support provided by Oklahoma Ford Dealers, Sonic and Devon Energy.