HAWTHORNE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Hawthorne Future Farmers of America held its annual cake and silent auction fundraiser on Tuesday at Hawthorne Middle/High School.
The cost of running the Hawthorne FFA program totals about $20,000 a year, and it relies solely on financial support from the community.
The FFA program returned to the school in 2017, and the kids are happy to have it back.
They say it teaches teamwork and gives them first-hand experience doing something they love.
“The animals, it’s taking care of them for me, getting to learn how they develop and monitoring and working with them, it’s just an all-around good, fun time," said 7th grade FFA member Damien Gollehur, "and then the greenhouse was made so then if someone didn’t want to do something with livestock, they could do something with vegetables, and it kind of just gives everybody an opportunity to try something new.”
The Hawthorne FFA also has another fundraiser coming up. They’ll be selling turkeys and hams for $30 before Thanksgiving, and all the money raised will go towards the costs of the program.