Arcata FFA Creates New Events due to COVID-19

Ella Waterhouse, Business Manager

8th March, 2021

Cars line up as they participate in this years first in-person meeting for Arcata FFA on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Ella Waterhouse)

The Arcata High School campus has appeared deserted due to school closures with COVID-19. However, events are slowly resuming on campus, allowing students in-person opportunities. Three Thursday’s ago, almost 40 people were able to participate in something on campus. Arcata FFA held their first drive-thru monthly meeting, where students were able to drive through the Arcata High School parking lot and drive-thru stations. This milestone event allowed members to meet the club’s officers as well as one of their teachers, Kelly Miller, Arcata High School’s agriculture teacher. 

Miller enjoyed the event, stating, “My favorite part of the night was seeing the smiles on my students and meeting them in person! It gives me hope.” For many freshmen this was their first event they experienced on campus. This event was held with all COVID-19 protocols in place. Students stayed in their vehicles and all participants were masked. Members were able to get cookie decorating kits, hot chocolate or cider, awards, and could purchase FFA apparel! Members also had the opportunity to participate in a sock drive put together by the Humboldt-Del Norte Sectional FFA team. The socks will be donated to the North Coast Children’s Services. As students yearn for more in-person opportunities on campus, this meeting was a great start. 

Grace Talty, Arcata FFA President, explained the importance of these in-person events, “I really hope we can hold more in person events like this one, hopefully in the near future.” Talty felt that these events are even more crucial for our freshman. “I think it allows new members, especially freshmen, the opportunity to expose themselves to non-pandemic FFA and how much fun we would have if we were having a normal school year with all the amazing opportunities and experiences they could experience.” COVID-19 has made this past year  challenging for students to take part in experiences, but hopes for events in the future are now more attainable.