Patterson FFA members want to make the world a better place and in doing so they sponsored the “Patterson FFA Race to Make the World a Better Place 5K Walk/Run” on Thursday, February 23. It was also a part of FFA Week celebrated nationwide from February 20 to 24. The local group also had dress up days and lunchtime activities at the school.
Meanwhile at Thursday afternoon’s 5K, students picked up trash along the way, which brought them downtown by way of Las Palmas Avenue, to the Plaza Circle, to Salado Avenue and then Ward Avenue and back to the school.
“We had 52 FFA members, nine adults and 16 other children walk the 5K today,” said Kendall Green, FFA teacher and FFA adviser at Patterson High. “In total, we collected 64 bags of trash along the route. Patterson FFA members were excited to see the difference that they could make in their community as they walked the 5K route.”
Two winners of the 5K were Michael Miller and Alexis Zatek. Michael ran the entire 5K and still collected a bag of trash along the way.
The goal of this event was to raise awareness about the environment and help to clean up Patterson. FFA members walked past various environmental awareness facts around the PHS campus and certain FFA members even carried signs with additional facts they found about trash and its impact on the environment. Green also said the FFA classes at the high school are planning to make this an annual event and grow the event each year.