Caps vs. Cancer raises nearly $1000

Students walking the hall on Wednesday, February 22 could be found sporting their favorite hat, whether they were advertising their favorite team or super hero.

This campaign was part of the FFA week activities put on by Keota students. With a goal of $250, students and staff were able to surpass that goal raising just shy of $1000.00 to be donated to the University of Iowa’s Children’s hospital.

“We also had a great response throughout the district for the donation to the UI Children's Hospital. It was such a creative idea to connect it to FFA Week with Caps vs. Cancer and we had a really positive response for the cause.” Elementary Principal Josh Smith said. “The Elementary students always like being involved in things with the Jr. High & High School students. We had excellent participation in the dress-up days throughout the week. I think the highlight for the younger kids was the Reading Relay with the FFA Members. The FFA Members did a great job and it's always fun to see them interact with the younger students. Alyssa Amelon does a great job with the FFA and organizing the entire week.”

Student council members were pleased with the entire week of events from the dress up days to the Reading Relay to driving your tractor to school day. Senior Cole Brenneman was able to bring in six tractors, two which belonged to his uncles, one from a friend and three of his own. Brenneman uses the tractors to help continue on his father Gene’s snow removal service.

“Cole rounded up the tractors, washed and cleaned them and such so he and his friends could parade them around town,” said mother Lisa Brenneman.

FFa member Frankie Johnson said that the activities planned throughout the week are things that members and students of all ages can enjoy.

“I thought the FFA week activities were a lot of fun for everyone, and did an awesome job of promoting FFA to kids of all ages,” Johnson said.

High school Principal Jim Henrich added, “The Keota FFA week was a huge success.  We had impressive numbers participating the week's activities and the Caps vs Cancer was an awesome event. A huge thanks to all who helped sponsor and organize the week.”

Although FFA week is over for the year, the FFA is still busy with many events throughout the year, and will soon be looking at their plant and flower selling season.